Let me say first, that I have only experienced the Latin Mass via video, I have never actually been to one. If I had the opportunity, I would in a heartbeat, but all of these comments are purely speculation.
This is really bad stuff. When Mass becomes just another religious service, we are really missing the point. The Novus Ordo, the Mass form we celebrate now, only complicates this mentality. Let me tell you why.
They say in the Tridentine Mass, the priest faced away from us, but that’s not entirely true. The priest was with us, facing the same direction we were. We are an Easter people, which of course means, we face the east, looking towards the rising sun, and the rising Son. The priest is one of us, so he too should face the east. The other powerful image here it that of the priest as more of an office, and less of an individual. I think this is one of the reasons the priesthood was so deeply respected.
This is just one example of many, but the functional point is, in the Tridentine Mass, you are present at a miracle, and you just can’t miss it. When the miracle happens the bells start ringing. You are present with the holy choir of angels, and the world starts and ends here. You truly get the feeling of ancient timelessness, the deep sense of being somewhere beyond the ordinary. These sensual feelings are not to be discounted.
In the Novus Ordo, you can’t help but feel you are at a community gathering. We are focused on whether or not our priest is charismatic enough, and if we don’t like him, well let’s either parish hop and find one we do or just stop going altogether. Our first thought is never the holiness of the actual event.
There is a caveat to this of course. That will have to be saved until tomorrow.