This is a Solemn Concelebrated Mass in the Ordinary Form by the Bishop of Birmingham, Alabama (leave it up to us southerners, the agents for true renewal in the Catholic Church in the USA). Father Z opines the following:
This morning EWTN televised Mass celebrated by the ordinary, Bishop Robert Baker, at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama. The occasion was the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the community of Poor Clares (Mother Angelica’s order) in Birmingham. Of particular note is that Bishop Baker celebrated the Novus Ordo Mass ad orientem. This is standard practice at the Shrine, but the fact that it was televised globally makes it newsworthy, especially given the whole EWTN ad orientem debacle some ten years ago. The Mass re-airs on EWTN at noon and midnight ET, if you’re curious to see.
Now, haven't I been declaring that this sort of worship is the wave of the future? Haven't I? And I suspect, but would like to know as I don't know now, that Holy Communion was received kneeling?
My comments: There is no doubt that in this style of Mass, even if all vernacular, there is a great continuity between it and the Extraordinary Form. I cannot imagine a bishop anywhere in this country celebrating the Ordinary Form of the Mass in this fashion ten years ago. We have to thank our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI for his strong prayer and desire to bring inner healing to the heart of the Church between that which is pre-Vatican II and that which is Post-Vatican II. Thank God that being called "pre-Vatican II" is no longer an insult intended by those who saw Vatican II as some sort of rupture with our Catholic past and that only those who embraced the spirit of rupture were with it in the Church all others neanderthals. How silly and how divisive was that!