This was my second time, so I still cannot make a judgement on whether this is for me or not, but I do intend to attend a couple more times.
The small church was fairly crowded. I would estimate about 150 to 175 people. A number of families were in attendance and everyone was well dressed. Many of the women wore mantillas (in fact, they seem to have some you can borrow at the entrance of the Church).
A couple of observations. If you are a regular attendee of this Mass, please do not take any as criticisms but as a way of helping people like myself better understand and learn.
- I could not hear the priest at all (I probably should sit in the front). As someone who is not familiar w/ The Latin Mass, I had a hard time following where the priest was. I really wanted to follow along and read the prayers as they were being said. So, suggestion...a little louder please...if possible.
- The prayers are beautiful. My Latin is very poor (okay, almost non-existent) but the translations show the beauty of the prayers. Wow. They really put most of the stuff we hear today to shame.
- There was no chatting among the congregation. At the Masses I regularly attend, there is always some chatting by someone going on. I was really impressed.
Too bad it it not offered at more than a few places in this Archdiocese.
If you are interested in attending this Sunday (8am), here is the information:
9700 Rosensteel Avenue
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910
Coffee and donuts are served afterwards in the basement of the rectory house next door.