Certainly, readier access to the Latin Mass would thrill the core of liturgical old-schoolers who have longed for its return. But how many mainstream American Catholics would be interested in attending a Latin Mass? Some of the largest and most passionate Catholic congregations I’ve seen have been in churches whose services have veered far from the pre-council standard and toward something more resembling an evangelical megachurch service: video screens, pop-influenced worship bands, a breezy informality in the pews.
–Fr. Andrew Santella
I know a Catholic family who digs a more somber vibe and loads up a 15-passenger Ford Econoline van every Sunday morning at 5 AM to drive an hour to Cullman in search of the closest Latin Mass to Huntsville. I’m betting that they feel the same way as I do about PowerPoint animations.
Meanwhile, I know what sets my heart on fire these days: a prayer of thanksgiving, followed by good food and drink shared with a small group of close-knit friends, recalling stirring stories of times past and encouraging one another as we move toward an uncertain, but promising, future. Somehow, that sounds strangely familiar.
I’m not absolutely convinced it was ever meant to get much more complicated than that.