Bad parish Sunday timetable of services:
6:00pm Vigil Mass
7:00am Low Mass
8:00am Low Mass
9:00am Low Mass with hymns, devotions and novena prayers.
10:30am Sung Mass with lace cottas and the Missa de Angelis
12:00pm Low Mass
5:00pm Another Mass, this time with added Benediction
Good parish Sunday timetable of services:
6:00pm Dominical Mattins and Lauds
10:00am Terce, Asperges, High Mass and Sermon, followed by Sext.
3:30pm Solemn Vespers and Compline
In the interests of practicalities, the fact that people have lives etc, I have left stuff out, annexed two of the Hours to High Mass, and brought forward Vespers a few hours. I could well have included ''first'' Vespers of the Lord's Day the night before, had Prime etc, but this is quite reasonable for an average parish. At any rate, having Prime at 6:00am, Terce at 9:00am, and None at 3:00pm etc simply doesn't work outside a Monastery. In case Traddies haven't heard of Terce and Sext (understandable since their liturgical ''diet'' consists only of Mass), they are the Horae Minores of the Divine Office, and would take a mere 10 minutes (if even that) to sing before and after Mass (which should, on Sundays and Feasts, have at least a Deacon). Of course this is all too much, and it's far better to have a string of Low Masses than to take the time and make the effort to provide actual Liturgy. I fail to see how anyone could possibly dispute with my view, and not betray their own lack of tradition. If you respond with ''it doesn't work'' or ''people won't turn up,'' why does it work in the Orthodox Church then? And what does it matter if people don't turn up?
A good start would be to have Terce and Sext before and after Mass - the Greater Hours (which require more effort) can wait. If you're afraid that people won't turn up, simply say that Mass comes after Terce and before Sext, but don't tell them when Terce starts...