Reaction of Teenage Boys to their First Latin Mass (Crisis Magazine)

Continuing from here our sort of series on young people and the Ancient Form (“Usus antiquior”) of the Mass, we have this from Crisis magazine (hat tip for the link to an UVM supporter and, as always, my emphasis):

“… During the past three years, I have given all my junior students an assignment: to attend either the Mass of another Catholic Rite or the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, and to describe their experience, writing what was the same or different and their honest reactions to it. I kept records of their choices and written reactions. Nearly all of them chose to attend the TLM for their first time. Considering the fact that these were teenage males from seemingly typical Catholic families who were engulfed in “the world,” and that they were not well schooled in the history and meaning of all the actions of the TLM, their reactions to the ancient Mass were nothing short of astounding. Other than a general difficulty following the liturgy (which is certainly understandable for a teenager experiencing the Traditional Latin Mass for the first time), they had an overwhelmingly positive experience; only one out of 163 students reported an overall negative experience (a mere 0.6 percent)…

Their comments centered around experiencing a greater sense of sacredness as well as reverence for a holiness that they see as lacking in the Novus Ordo Mass and abundant in the TLM. They particularly and almost universally loved receiving Communion kneeling and on the tongue, even if they felt nervous about doing so for the first time…

At the very least, these boys’ reactions show that we must have an open mind with regards to the TLM and the increased scope of its use, that is, if we are honestly seeking “that the Church of Christ should offer worthy worship to the Divine Majesty, ‘for the praise and glory of his name’ and ‘the good of all his holy Church.’ (Summorum Pontificum, #1)

Go here to read the entire thing. The comments from the boys are striking, and the 100+ comments in the combox are often quite insightful.

Curate, ut valeatis!

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