(19 May) the priest in the Tridentine mass has his back to the congregation because like them he faces God on the altar and offers not only his prayers but those of the congregation behind him. It seems to me that by facing the congregation the priest is no longer leading the faithful but placing himself above them. In this way the mass is more understandable and probably more entertaining.
The Latin low Mass ha.s given way to the world of entertainment so that the silence and mystery of the Mass is lost. The Latin low Mass encouraged meditation: the new Mass forces the outside world into the inner soul. If the Tridentine Mass was so bad why did so many people throughout the world and throughout the ages risk imprisonment to attend?
Yours faithfully GERALD DENLEY Coventry CV7 7NP