The way some Ordinary Form Masses are celebrated makes me want to breathe fire!
I just got this email from one of my new parishioners from this year's RCIA. This is what he wrote (I'll keep him anonymous but he's free to claim authorship!):
I just wanted to write you and say thank you for all that you have done over the past year. Over the past few weekends, I have been in Virginia for various occasions, and got to attend Mass at 5 different parishes. I think reading your blog, and attending most Masses in our Diocese, it was kinda hard to imagine the troubles that you sometimes referred to. I think I have now seen most of the big no-nos and lack of reverence firsthand. Most people seemed that they were just going through the motions, and probably weren't taught anything beyond "Go to Mass every Sunday." One parish in particular was really heartbreaking, and I remember afterwards praying that God would wake them up to realize what they are missing out on. I did get to attend an FSSP parish though, and that was really neat!
So thank you for setting up a great RCIA program, and for constantly catechizing your flock! Keep up the great work, and God Bless!
My comments: I do not have a desire to go back exclusively to the Tridentine Mass also known now as the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. I do have a very strong desire that the Ordinary Form of the Mass not be celebrated in a way that makes it look like something altogether different than the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
I do not think the Ordinary Form of the Mass is intrinsically flawed, but the way liturgists told priests and congregations how to celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass at the outset and well into the first 50 years of the Ordinary Form is what is intrinsically flawed. We are only slowly but I am not sure if it is surely, making inroads against this travesty.
The greatest enemies of the Ordinary Form of the Mass is casual folksiness, rote participation that is merely external with little or no internal wonder, fear and awe in the presence of God.
Music is the biggest elephant in the room and contributes to this casual blah! When priests and choirs or ensembles present themselves in the entertaining posture, facing the people, and actually trying to entertain them, then the sacred becomes profane and tiresome.
The lack of attention to detail is a big culprit too.