This is an Extraordinary Form Mass in a very modern church building:
I don't think this would go over well or even fit in anywhere in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass:
The following video is an Aztec dance in honor of Our Lady of Guadeloupe. I'm not sure even if Aztec Catholics would understand this dance to be spiritual in a liturgical setting. It is occurring either after Holy Communion or at the offertory, not sure. I'm not oppose to these kinds of exuberant pious and cultural expressions, but it seems to me to be more appropriate in an outdoor procession, rather than inside the Church and during Mass. The problem with the post-Vatican II mentality concerning the Mass is that this sort of thing, while appropriate outside of Mass and outdoors as a religious expression of a particular feast, is dragged indoors and during the Mass. It's like having bag pipes during Mass! Folks, bagpipes belong outside not inside! Just my humble opinion!
In the my post on celebrating well both forms of the Mass, Marc asks the following:
It makes me wonder, and perhaps Fr. McDonald can jump in on this, whether we would see those same instances of liturgical abuse and inventiveness if we were only celebrating the EF Mass? I'm just not sure.
Most people who are of a traditional mindset would say that when the priest and the congregation put too much of themselves into the center of the liturgy, meaning that it becomes a narcissistic, self-enclosed celebration, then this is an abuse. I would agree and I think it happens more in the Ordinary Form of the Mass and very seldom if at all in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
On this level, the Ordinary Form of the Mass makes it easier to denigrate the Mass in this way. Because of the vernacular, the priest facing the congregation and sometimes the congregation facing each other, the "cult of the personality" of both the priest and the congregation overwhelms the sacred mysteries that are to be celebrated and relegates the primary purpose of the Mass to a secondary or tertiary reality.
The Ordinary Form of the Mass makes creativity and improvisation a real temptation. In fact creativity and improvisation were encouraged by the liturgists of the 1970's and onward, although not too much today. These liturgists are well into their 60's and hopefully looking at retirement and death, not to mention taxes.
It is more difficult to manipulate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass because not many people, priests or laity, can improvise with that language. With the priest joining the laity in facing the same way, the role of the personality of the priest is incarcerated in the ad orientem position. This is good for the most part. All priests, good looking ones like me and those other dastardly looking ones are all placed on the same level. It's not their personality that should make or break the Mass, but rather how well they execute what is expected of the celebration by following the rubrics, that is "saying the black and doing the red."
I guess you could have guitars and other instruments in this Mass for the vernacular hymns and accompanying some of the Latin chants. I don't think I would classify this as an abuse, but these instruments seem to impose a false informality upon this form of the Mass.
The greatest abuse of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is the priest and altar boys rushing through the prayers. I have heard that in the pre-Vatican II days, some priests could finish the Low Mass in less than 12 minutes. The only part of the Mass that wasn't rushed or slurred was the words of consecration.
I haven't tried to rush the Low Mass, but the fastest I can finish, if that is the goal, which it isn't, is in 35 minutes. This form of the Mass is longer than the Ordinary Form. I can finish a daily Mass in the Ordinary Form, singing all the parts of the Mass and preaching a two minute homily in about 20 to 25 minutes. I do not rush it either.
In short, the Ordinary Form of the Mass lends itself to more abuse than the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. But if the Ordinary form of the Mass is celebrated as it is meant to be celebrated, it is very beautiful and reverent.
What those who prefer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass really prefer, I think, is the built in reverence of the EF Mass. By this, I mean the reverent silences, hushed tones, more kneeling, especially for Holy Communion and the reverent "look" of the ad orientem position of the priest which includes more genuflections and profound bows in the rubrics. I think a vernacular EF Mass would still meet all the criteria of what is seen as superior when it comes to reverence compared to the Ordinary Form of the Mass. Latin might play into that, but is not the primary issue.
I think all of this could be captured in the Ordinary Form of the Mass without manipulating the rubrics too much or bringing in any Latin. I think simply kneeling for Holy Communion would bring about a tremendous change in the attitude about this Mass and instill a greater sense of belief and reverence in the Real Presence of Christ in the Sacred Species of Holy Communion and what our attitude to Christ should be during Mass, one of adoration and praise. The Ordinary Form celebrated ad orientem might help as well.