Archbishop Alexander Sample, Archbishop of Portland, Oregon, celebrated your typical Ordinary Form Concelebrated Mass last night at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah today during the CMAA's Colloquium with photos and story at The New Liturgical Movement (Photos: Charles Cole & Joseph Dalimata) You can hear Archbishop Sample's talk at the CMAA HERE.
Please note that Archbishop Samples wears the maniple (horror of horrors) at this Ordinary Form Concelebrated Pontifical Mass!
This photo is what people would see if this Mass had the Benedictine Altar arrangement as the bishop faced them, which does not work well. Doesn't ad orientem work much better?
Kneeling for Holy Communion in the Ordinary Form:
MY FINAL COMMENTS: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, would not the liturgical renewal with the post-Vatican II Missal, even the banal one that has recently been replaced with the new resplendent English translation have been received much better by the Catholics who were formed in the pre-Vatican II Liturgy? Would there be less strife in the liturgical world today, if this style of celebrating the Mass even in the vernacular had been maintained and shows less of a breach in liturgical styles with the liturgy from which it was morphed?
What many people refuse to acknowledge today is what happened to traditional Catholics after the Council during the late 1960's and especially into the 1970's and little bit into the 1980's, but by the 1980's there had been irreparable harm to Catholic identity and faith that we have yet to recover.
Strong Catholics families united in the faith prior to the Council were divided by the changes after the council. Some used the new freedoms they thought they had in the post-Vatican II Mass to rub it in the face of more traditional Catholics. Ultimately a goodly number of strong Catholic families united in the faith were divided, some leaving the Church who prior to the Council were staunchly Catholic in the pre-Vatican II way.
This confusion and loss of Catholic identity passed on from the immediate 1950's generation of baby-boomer Catholics to their off-spring and a less solid Catholic formation for the baby-boomer's generation of children. Now the baby boomer's generation of children are having children with an even less Catholic mentality.
So we have arrived at only 20 percent of Catholics attending Mass on any given Sunday compared to almost 90 percent in the 1950's.
The Liturgy is where most Catholics experience the Catholic Church in community whether or not they actually participate in any meaningful way. We've lost that for about 80% of Catholics now.
Getting back to the Catholic identity of the Liturgy and the above photos capture it as in continuity with what preceded this form of the Mass is one way to bring things back into focus for the Church in the new evangelization, especially going after the 99 Catholics who have wandered from the flock seduced by secularism. Yes, many of them have become Protestants, joining Protestant denominations who have institutionally succumbed to the secular agenda and abandoned Scriptures for it.