Watching, a few Saturdays ago, Fr Daniel Lloyd of the Oxford Ordinariate Group singing the Anglican Use form of the Mass, my mind went back to S Stephen's House and Mass Practices in 1967; you will remember that I was in the last fortunate generation to be taught the Tridentine ceremonial culture before the Iron Curtain of Rupture came thudding down and the lights went out all over Europe.
I recalled how we were required to learn certain things off by heart. These fell into two categories: silent Tridentine formulae which accompanied actions ... principally, the prayers during the Offertory (those Tridentine Offertory Prayers which have now so happily been restored in the Anglican Use). And Anglican formulae which were to be said turning from the Altar to face the People. Ye that do truly and earnestly repent you of your sins ... Hear what comfortable words ...
But I had no recollection of being asked to learn the Praeparatio at the foot of the altar ... and then I remembered why. Judica me Deus/Give sentence with me O God was abolished in 1965. Even Archbishop Lefebvre didn't revert to its use until 1974.
I wonder what others, as long in the Sacred Priesthood as I am or longer, can remember about their own pre-Bugnini Mass Practices, whichever side of the Tiber they received their training. This is Oral History, Fathers, which will be lost as soon as you ... er ... that is to say, share it now!
The Ordinariate Mass can be enjoyed every Saturday evening in Oxford in the Church of the Holy Rood; Anglican Catholic Liturgy as it was in the triumphalist heyday of the 1930s, as recalled by Betjeman ... those were the waking days When Faith was taught and fanned to a golden blaze.