This entire video is great, but the actual Mass begins at about minute 18! The Mass is the Tridentine Mass of 1962. This film was made in 1964. This is a Benedictine Priory outside of St. Louis. The Benedictines were known as liturgical progressives and were some of the first to make the altar central and to face the congregation for Mass even in the Tridentine period of the 1950's and 60's.
This Priory church is hideous but what the late '50's and 1960's brought about. But please note all the extra altars around the perimeter of the building for private Masses of the monks.
The celebrant is the President of Fordham University. He can't sing, but he does chant. Every priest had to be able to do at least what he is doing. This has become a lost art in the Ordinary Form.
This is a Solemn Sung Mass with deacon and sub-deacon. It is completely in the Tridentine Rite of 1962 and has the dual action of the choir doing its thing and the priest his. Unfortunately, this film has been edited so there are some things that are cut from it.
The only thing that is "Ordinary Form" looking is the design of the pre-Vatican II Church and the fact that this Mass is facing the people.
But please note that the "Benedictine Altar" arrangement is what we should have today, but that the candles do not overpower the altar when facing the people acting as "jail bars" in perception. Please note too, the placement of the tabernacle. Keep in mind this is all pre-Vatican II!
Finally, the commentary by the monk on the Mass as is progresses is worth a million dollars. LISTEN TO THE USE OF THE WORD "OUR ABASEMENT" FOR THE CONFITEOR TO DESCRIBE OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD AS SINFUL CREATURES. SOME THINK THIS IS PSYCHOLOGICALLY DELETERIOUS FOR PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY PEOPLE HORRIBLY ABUSED BY OTHERS. HOW ABSURD! SOME PEOPLE WANT TO ELIMINATE THE SENSE OF PERSONAL SIN THAT THIS MASS EMPHASIZES SO WELL, WHY IN WORLD WOULD WE NEED THIS SACRIFICE IF NOT FOR OUR DAMNN SINS! MODERN CATHOLICS, ESPECIALLY PRIESTS HAVE NO CLUE ABOUT THIS HOLY SACRIFICE AND OUR TOTAL NEED FOR IT AS WELL AS OUR NEED TO OVERCOME OUR DENIAL OF OUR PERSONAL SINFULNESS AND UNWORTHINESS BEFORE THE AWESOME PRESENCE OF GOD! THIS IS OUR WAY OF STRIPPING OURSELVES OF OUR FANCY OUTER CLOTHES AND TAKING OFF OUR SHOES AND WALKING BAREFOOT BEFORE GOD IN HUMBLE SUBMISSION! THIS IS A POWERFUL METAPHOR OF HOW NAKED WE ARE BEFORE GOD WITH OUR SHAME AND OUR NEED TO BE CLOTHED IN CHRIST'S BLOOD, HIS WHITE BAPTISMAL GARMENT OF SALVATION! There is no doubt that this Mass is a sacrifice. What is truly worth hearing is the offertory commentary. He speaks of the procession of gifts and the antiphon that is sung which is now lost in the Mass except for the antiphon. Of course this monk knew that the offertory procession which was to be recovered in this Mass's reform would more than likely be re-established. But listen to the sacrificial description of this Mass. It is wonderful!
Please watch the praying of the Roman Canon. It is not offensive in the least that this prayer is prayed in quiet voice even with the choir's overlay of the Sanctus prior to the consecration and the Benedictus following. The quiet canon acts as the "rood screen" or the "iconostasis in the Eastern Rite" and makes the canon a sacred, intimate moment between the ordain priest (representing the laity and others present at this Mass as he alone enters the Holy of Holies even as he faces the congregation which in my observation of this video given the rubrics of this Mass is not at all out of place! You still have a sense of the sacred even while the priest is facing the congregation becasue of the way the canon is prayed!) This is not clericalism, this is sacrifice! Listen to the monk's description of the canon as it is prayed. What a catechesis!
We've gained some things with the Ordinary Form but lost so much too! The Ordinary Form is so verbose and a constant barrage of words and so banal. The sense of the sacred is dripping in this Mass but dried up in the Ordinary Form! We are recovering some of the lost now but soon I hope we will recover the sense of the sacred that is stripped from the Ordinary Form, especially the sacrificial aspect. Watch Holy Communion! What in the name of God and all that is holy was that damn committee thinking which reformed this Mass. All we needed was more vernacular, especially for the Liturgy of the Word, brief universal prayers and the offertory procession. The canon could have remained in Latin and the Pater Noster too and the sung parts. It should have been made clear in the reform that the vernacular sung parts of the Mass for the laity, should have been modeled on Gregorian Chant and the use of no instruments WAS preferable or if needed the organ only! Perhaps the Rite of Holy Communion as we have it today is fine as a reform. I'd leave everything else as is in the Tridentine Rite. Just think how the renewal would have gone if only minor adaptations were made to this glorious Mass. The theology of this Mass was absolutely hijacked and destroyed out of a FALSE SENSE OF IT'S CLERICALISM WHICH IN FACT IS A HIGH THEOLOGY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT UNDERSTANDING OF PRIESTHOOD AND SACRIFICE. THIS FORM OF THE MASS AT ITS HIGH THEOLOGY OF THE ORDAINED PRIESTHOOD AND ITS EXCLUSIVE FUNCTION DURING THE LITURGY ACCOUNTS IN LARGE PART FOR THE FABULOUS NUMBER OF VOCATIONS IN THE CHURCH THAT EVAPORATED AFTER THE MASS WAS STRIPPED OF THIS MOST IMPORTANT THEOLOGY BY THEOLOGIANS THAT WANTED TO CLERICALIZE THE LAITY ESPECIALLY DURING MASS.
PLEASE LISTEN TO FATHER'S DESCRIPTION OF THE USE OF THE ALTAR RAILING AND WATCH THE REALLY IMPORTANT PROCESSION OF HOLY COMMUNION, THE PRIEST'S PROCESSION TO EACH INDIVIDUAL COMMUNICANT. BUT LISTEN TO THE PRIEST'S DESCRIPTION OF THE PEOPLE'S PROCESSION TO THE ALTAR RAILING! THIS IS FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!