The Holy Father wore nice but muted gold vestments for today's Episcopal Ordination at St. Peter's but it was a predictable and bland celebration.
Don't get me wrong. I see nothing wrong with austerity, simplicity and the manner in which Pope Francis celebrates the Mass. At Mass he is serious, of a somber persona and celebrates the Mass while facing the congregation in an "ad orientem" sort of way. He has, by the way, also celebrated Mass as pope "ad orientem" twice in public.
The music is the same at the Vatican Masses as it was for Pope Benedict, propers are chanted and the parts are chanted in Latin.
But the Holy Father is not known now or in the past as a liturgist. After all he is a Jesuit and the two words used together "Jesuit liturgist" is an oxymoron.
On top of that, he has only made minor adjustments to the Vatican's liturgical departments and to date has made absolutely no changes to the Congregation for Divine Worship, no changes whatsoever.
Under Pope Benedict, liturgical blogs delighted in every effort to make the liturgy beautiful and in the variety of styles of vestments Pope Benedict would employ and every effort to restore some continuity between the papal liturgies of yesteryear and today.
But liturgical blogs today are stumbling. I'm having a hard time keeping fresh in that area too. Look at Praytell, they blather on about this, that and the other and the old guard keeps making the same inane comments and fewer and fewer comments are appearing. They had an inane discussion on Roman vestments and ornate vessels. THEY ARE JUST PLAIN BORING NOW, of course that started as soon as I stopped commenting there :)
But Pope Francis really wants the Church to focus on what is essential to everyday Catholic life and to stop the ideological liturgical wars. I think he might be succeeding by putting liturgy on the back burner and saying the black and doing the red even if it is in a bland way.