This is the only recording we have of our men's schola, which normally sings at our first Sunday of the month EF High Mass. This Mass was a normal Sunday Mass at 12:10 (Ordinary Form) for the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, but celebrated extraordinarily!
Yesterday, Sunday, August 5th, we had our monthly 2:00 PM Latin High Mass. Our men's schola as usual did a wonderful job with all they chanted. I especially love how they chant the Introit, but everything else is chanted so well and I absolutely love chanting the Credo (#3) as this is the only Mass we chant the Credo. It is required so if anyone complains, I tell them, speak to the Pope.
But after Mass, as best I could, I counted those who attended. There were probably 60 people altogether. But of those 60, there were about 30 young children! Yes, that tells you something.
I'd say I was the oldest one there apart from our deacon Don Coates who is older than me but looks younger, I think he dies his hair! No not really.
The parents with all the children must have been in their late 20's and early 30's.
We had to cancel the Mass for June and July and we did not advertise very well that we would have it in August. If we had, we would have had more there, maybe up to 80 or so.
The EF Mass is simply beautiful, but one has to have actual participation in a different way than what is normally experienced in the OF Mass. One has to be swept up in contemplative ecstasy and the "rational" part of the brain has to give way to God's transcendence, the mystery being made present, the love of God and the panoply of God's eternity made nugget size in the brief span of the Mass.
In the Ordinary Form, one gets caught up on the barrage of words and the noble simplicity that obscures or obfuscates the mystery that only faith can perceive and the heart acknowledges.