The photo at the top of my blog entails great irony with its caption exquisiteness in Liturgy. In fact it is as banal as it gets a la 1970's and even more ironic given the fact the photo is of a recent daily Mass celebrated by the Supreme Pontiff.
The photo made me feel the way I felt at a Sunday Mass I attended while on vacation. I could not watch the priest at the altar facing the congregation as at a school's teacher's desk. I had to close my eyes. I feel the same way with the photo at the top of my blog. It is so uninspirational as to turn one's Liturgical stomach.
In the history of papal Masses, Low, High and Solemn High and everything in between, the image of the current ocupant of the Vatican Motel Six celebrating Mass for other guests and workers of this Motel tells the story of the loss of beauty and attention to detail and now in a papal Mass . Is there any wonder so many now have to either close their eyes at Mass in order not to be repulsed or absent themselves from Mass so as not to offend their sensibilities concerning the reason why we are to keep our eyes open during Mass which is meant to be visibly and sensually beautiful.
Thus John Nolan hits the nail on the head with this comment:
Remember that there are now two generations of Catholics whose only liturgical experience is of a vernacular 'over-the-counter' Mass with hymns. They need to be radicalized (in the true sense) and it will not be easy.
In my some 38 years in my diocese I see very little radicalized liturgical renewal in our parishes. It is the same old same old as symbolized by the Papal Mass at the Vatican Motel Six. God help us and send a miracle!