On not celebrating the Mass every where in the vulgar tongue; the mysteries of the Mass to be explained to the people.
Although the mass contains great instruction for the faithful people, nevertheless, it has not seemed expedient to the Fathers, that it should be every where celebrated in the vulgar tongue.
-Twenty-second session of the Council of Trent, Chapter VIII
If any one saith, that the rite of the Roman Church, according to which a part of the canon and the words of consecration are pronounced in a low tone, is to be condemned; or, that the mass ought to be celebrated in the vulgar tongue only; or, that water ought not to be mixed with the wine that is to be offered in the chalice, for that it is contrary to the institution of Christ; let him be anathema.
-Twenty-second session of the Council of Trent, Chapter IX, Canon IX
There is one theological principle ...confirmed both by the Council of Trent and by the Second Vatican Council, after a long and sober discussion. (I assisted, and can confirm that the clear resolutions of the final text of the Council constitution substantially reaffirmed it). That principle: the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rite. As in the Council of Trent, so in Vatican II the Council fathers admitted the vernacular only as an exception.
-Alfons Cardinal Stickler
From the beginning, Church of the Good Shepherd has ordered her worship according to the historic reformed liturgy that can be traced back to Geneva, Switzerland, in the time of John Calvin. Each week we have a call to worship, prayer, several songs and hymns, a prayer of confession, an assurance of pardon, several more spiritual songs, the reading of a full chapter of Scripture, the receiving of the Lord's tithes and our offerings, the Doxology, a pastoral prayer, an expositional sermon, prayer, another song, hymn, or spiritual song, and a benediction. Some weeks we recite a creed and every other week we celebrate the Lord's Supper. For our Scripture lessons, we are in the habit of reading consecutively through books of Scripture so that over a period of years we will hear a large portion of Scripture read aloud. In the past year we've finished Isaiah and now are nearly to the end of Revelation. This is our liturgy.
Several years back, a new family moved to town who shared our theological commitments and visited Church of the Good Shepherd one Lord's Day. They didn't return. When my wife, Mary Lee, had an opportunity, she asked the wife what the problem was? She responded that they preferred a "more liturgical" form of worship. We puzzled over that one, wondering what she meant by "liturgical?" Did they want us to have the prayer of confession a unison reading rather than it being led by an elder or pastor? Would they prefer responsive readings? Did they miss the Gloria Patri?
As I mulled it over, it came to me that it wasn't the liturgy itself that was the problem, but its presentation. I'm guessing the church this family ended up at follows almost precisely the same order of worship we follow, but everything about their presentation is highbrow while ours is mid to lowbrow...