I attended my friend's funeral today with my husband, in a small ethnic parish built in the late 1800s and not changed except for the NO liturgy and table. Despite the NO, the church was so trad and beautiful.
I decided to wear a black lace mantilla to show respect for the fact that it was once a traditional Catholic Church. As I covered my head to go inside, one of the older funeral directors said to his young fellow funeral director, "Wow that's really from the old days! You don't see that anymore!"
The younger funeral director said, "I like it! It shows respect!"😁
The Archdiocese recently decommissioned this church meaning its only for weddings and funerals now. Next step is usually selling it. Its got a rectory on one side and a closed parish school on the other. Only problem is there's just street parking. I wonder if the SSPX would buy it? Its in great shape and the only thing trad Catholics would need to do is throw the NO table out. They'd have to do a third party sale though bc the Archdiocese would I'm sure rather sell the bldg to a Buddhist temple than true Catholics.
Btw having never truly been part of the post Vatican 2 religion, can someone tell me why they nod in front of the sanctuary instead of genuflecting? What's with that?
My husband, from a protestant background, went to many traditional Catholic Masses with me, and this was his first experience with a NO. He told me later that he sees why I call the NO "protestantized".