The EF Mass today is for an elite group of Catholics who seek it out, similar to those who prefer a charismatic Mass. Neither appeal to the "masses!"
Thus the refinement of the Ordinary Form of the Mass languishes when traditionalists demand something that will never replace the Ordinary Form. It is a pipe dream to believe that this would be possible.
The vast majority of the "masses" would not mind the EF Mass if properly catechized. But what they would mind is a completely Latin Mass (in either form!) Thus the vernacularization of the EF Mass might find the "masses" appreciating this form of the Mass.
The vast majority of the "masses" are not opposed to lectors and altar servers of either sex. To remove these options altogether in today's world is not adviseable. This only appeals to the traditionalists elite!
So the focus by far must be on the Ordinary Form of the Mass's refinement.
I find it interesting that liturgical progressives on hearing in person what Pope Francis said on Saturday about modern liturgical vernacular music believe that these words were placed in the mouth by a traditionalist ghost writter.
This is what Paul Inwood who wrote the banal, superficial, mediocre hymn for the Year of Mercy sung at every Vatican Mass, said on a PRAYTELL combox very recently about these words of the Holy Father, Pope Francis:
The Holy father went on to say, “Sometimes a certain mediocrity, superficiality and banality have prevailed, to the detriment of the beauty and intensity of liturgical celebrations.”
Paul Inwood's comment:
As someone who was present when Pope Francis gave his address, I can tell you that there was much speculation afterwards about who had drafted it for him…
We cannot rely upon the likes of Paul Inwood and Praytell to lead the way into the liturgical future, for it will mean more of the same mediocrity, superficiality and banality that has prevailed!
What is needed for the refinement of the Ordinary Form of the Mass and its refinement is not a discussion on the Holy Father's ghost writter, but actual implementation of the Ordinary Form's refinement.
And it is here that Mass at St. Peter's, inside or outside, are the template under this current pope. What is it that parishes should immolate?
1. The Propers in Latin as well as the Kyrie in Greek, the Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei in Latin are always chanted and the congregation is encouraged to join and do because the Vatican offers slick program booklets in the thousands for the congregation to do so. The Holy Father, though, normally (but not always) uses Italian for His Holiness' parts of the Mass.
2. The Roman Missal of the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite must be revised according to the template of the Ordinariate's Divine Worship, the Missal (a photo of a page of this missal which heads this post) which includes the EF's form of the Introit, Offertory and Communion Antiphons on the same page with the Collect, Prayer over the Offerings and Post Communion Prayer. The current OF Missal does not include the Offertory Antiphon or the traditional form of the Introit!
3. Clearly the Roman Missal's refinement must include also the Ordinariate's options for the Prayers at the Foot of the. Altar, reordering of the Introductiory Rite to mimic the EF's and allowance for the traditional form of the Offertory Rite, rubrics similar to the EF for the Roman Canon and other Eucharistic Prayers and the option of a silent Canon! Kneeling for Holy Communion and receiving on the tongue must be restored if authentic reverence for Holy Communion is to be recovered!
It is a pipe dream, though, to think the revised lectionary will be ditched and Latin used exclusively in the Ordinary Form's refinement!