I guess the sixties are ending? And of course there's always good news coming from Rome!
Today at Rome's Pontifical North American College, America's seminary in Rome, there was celebrated in the crypt chapel Holy Mass according to the 1962 Roman Missal.
Over sixty seminarians were present, including the Rector and some staff. After the Mass the seminarians had a lot to say as one student remarked: "A first and it was very nice and hope we can see more of it in the future" while another smiled and noted with emotion: "Coolest Mass I ever saw!"
Before Mass there was a nice instructional time held in the chapel for the seminarians to become aquainted with this "new" rite. A Benedictine cleric, a member of the faculty, shared some words about the ordo of the usus antiquior and then read through some parts of it so as to instruct the students on proper proununciation, etc.
At the very end, though, there was an awkward moment when the same cleric then instructed those present that anyone could receive Holy Communion in their hand if "they so wished" as there was never any "written rule" which said one couldn't.
Feeling embarassed (as the layman in the crowd!) I wanted to raise my hand and say: "Gee, doesn't everyone know that consuetudo pro lege servatur (custom is held as law) here?"