Ordinary Form Mass:
The same is true of the Extraordinary Form, although I can see how someone who is not familiar with it would be befuddled by the sumptuous ritual and the Latin. I can understand how someone might prefer the Latin to the vernacular or the vernacular to the Latin.
I think that most Catholics, clergy and laity alike, prefer the vernacular to the Latin. Thus I have always advocated more vernacular for the Extraordinary Form and my dream for that would be that only the unchanging parts of the EF Mass would be mandated to be in Latin and the changing parts could optionally be in the vernacular. I think simply doing this would see a dramatic increase in the number of parishes offering this Mass and attendance at this Mass.
I've always advocated recovering simple things lost in the revision of the Mass after Vatican II for the Ordinary Form of the Mass. I would also advocate some mandated Latin for the Ordinary Form, again I think the fixed parts of the Mass would suffice--this would keep the option of a vernacular Eucharistic Prayer in the Ordinary Form since there are many choices. I am not opposed to these choices in the Ordinary Form.
I would like to see kneeling restored to Holy Communion as the norm, not the exception in the Ordinary Form of the Mass. This alone will restore the "sense of the sacred" that was lost after Vatican II but is maintained to this day in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
I would like to see "ad orientem" promoted on an equal footing with Mass facing the nave. I think there should be rubrics for the decorating of the altar that mandates the crucifix be central on the altar as Pope Francis has maintained. Even the Mass he celebrated for the new Jesuit saint yesterday had a very small central crucifix on the altar of the Jesuit Church of Saint Ignatius in Rome.
But back to the two forms of the one Latin Rite; the Ordinary Form of the Mass can be very beautiful but it takes work to make it so especially work with the laity that they understand the sacred mysteries and that there is continuity between the two forms of the Mass we now have available. Lectors and Altar Servers must be trained well, choreographed and vested well. Sunday best for lectors is what we ask at St. Joseph, but I am more inclined as time goes on to require albs for lectors and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion. Our problem at St. Joseph is that we don't have a convenient place for lectors and extraordinary ministers to vest or for us to keep their albs.
I am not opposed to the chalice going to the laity. I don't understand why so many do oppose it. It isn't logical to me. I would prefer intinction as is the norm in Italy and at the Vatican but there I have never seen the laity receive from the chalice there. Intinction is for concelebraing bishops and priests.
I love the Extraordinary Form of the Mass because of its rootedness in a 1500 year and more tradition of the Church. Because I was an adolescent when the changes began in the mid 1960's I feel a great continuity when celebrating this Mass with those years when the Extraordinary Form of the Mass was the only Ordinary Form we knew.
It also points to the Divinity of Christ and the reverence due to not only the Triune God, but to the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity Incarnate, one Divine Being with two natures human and divine.
Admittedly the EF Mass emphasizes the divinity of Christ over his humanity. The OF Mass tends to emphasize the humanity of Christ over His divinity. Both Masses need to emphasize the Mystery of the Unity of the two natures of the Jesus Christ Incarnate but also the sublime divinity of the Most Holy Trinity.
But the Ordinary Form does allow for more human flexibility and action during the Mass and this if not overdone can be a good thing. The EF Mass can be stiff and robotic. I have seen the EWTN training video for the EF Mass celebrated by an FSSPX priest and he comes across as a robot and not natural in his movements and interior attitudes. I think this is off-putting for many, at least for me. It need not be that way with the EF Mass and the priests in my parishes prior to Vatican II were not like that when they celebrated Mass prior to the Council. They were quite natural and human.