I have had a busy day, tomorrow is going to be worst, though there is a nice quiet start with Mass at 10.30, just a couple of people to see beforehand, then the 45 minutes or hour or so afterwards is a bit hectic chatting to parishioners, signing forms, arranging appointments. Some of us normally end up going for a quick drink in one of the pubs which are all around us here. A sandwich for lunch, normal for a Sunday, then a baptism, the party, I have to go to, then the 5 o'clock Mass, then Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6pm. This is my first public TLM, say a prayer I am rather nervous. The last few days I have been going over and over this, many thanks to the good Canons of St John Cantius, making sure I am facing the right direction for the Dominus Vobiscums, and learning the prayers I need to know by heart and getting the formula for Holy Communion right, I know it, but the problem is God likes to teach priests humility in public. The Canons are pre '62 here.
When I get tired my brain goes dead, I remember once being slightly distracted at a funeral and I couldn't remember what came after, "Forgive us our trespasses".I have got to the stage where nothing else will go in.
I am a bit worried about my Latin pronunciation, I have only said a public Mass once or twice in Latin in the last eight years, before that I used to be sent along weekly to the nuns at St Cecelia's on the Isle of Wight to sing Mass for them in Latin in the Ordinary Form. Singing somehow is easier it gives rhythm and structure.
For those who come, it is going to take a little longer than normal, I can't see how priests did it in 15/20 minutes.