Yes Virginia, this is an OF Mass:
Dialogue makes a good point with a comment on the post below this one:
I think even the casual visitor to this blog knows that Father McDonald views actual participation as more than congregational recitation and chanting. But the Mass is Christ's gift to the Father, and we are part of that gift. So, since we are not incorporeal beings, laymen should willingly lend their voices to the prayers and acclamations, were appropriate. No stubborn liturgical Platonism, please.
As for the quality of mental participation, I have no doubt that it is much higher at EF Masses than at OF Masses. Bring on the mutual enrichment!
I would agree that just because someone is "exteriorly" participating in the Mass with gusto, proper body postures and eyes fixed on where the action of the Mass is, necessarily does not mean that there is an interior, spiritual disposition leading to a profound contemplation of the mysteries being celebrated.
By the same token, someone who is mute during Mass but may look contemplative, might have a mind on Sunday dinner or their date the previous night.
Actual participation relies solely on the one participating and Holy Mother Church wants both external and internal participation at the Holy Sacrifice--so let's begin with what Holy Mother Church wants and not our own wants, the me, me, me stuff of the 1960's!
With that said, how could a renewal of the Ordinary Form Mass based upon the enrichment of the EF Mass's "mental" participation occur in the Ordinary Form?
Even if nothing else changed in the OF Mass and it remained completely in the vernacular, I believe the OF could be enriched by the EF in these ways:
1. Propers never omitted--Sacrosanctum Concilium asked for more lavish incorporation of Scripture into the Mass and the Propers are Scripture--it is against Vatican II to omit any Scripture from the Mass.
2. Ad Orientem for at least the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
3. A low voice praying of the Canon (I believe this would add the actual silence the Mass needs and would add to the mystery or sense of the sacred that is so lacking in the Ordinary Form).
4. Kneeling for Holy Communion and at the altar railing with the use of the patten to catch particles that might fall.