As everyone knows I am conflicted when it comes to the Liturgy. I love the Ordinary Form celebrated well and I also love the Extraordinary Form celebrated well.
What does that mean?
For the Ordinary Form, I see no conflict between “saying the black and doing the red” and having some flexibility, warmth and a human touch to the Liturgy which involves the “H” word, the horizontal, relational.
What I don’t like, which makes the OF a bad celebration, is the relational or horizontal overpowering the vertical and Divine. Informality is not liturgy as Liturgy is formal but it need not be inhuman, rigid or robotic.
For the Extraordinary Form, I love the awe, reverence and choreography of the Mass. I love the seriousness of it and its focus on God and that there is no confusion that the prayers of the Liturgy are directed to the Almighty and not to the congregation in front of the priest since the priest does not face the congregation in praying. He does not in any way “PROCLAIM” prayer either toward the congregation or toward God. The priest prays to God and offers the Sacrifice to God on behalf of the congregation, for them and with them.
What I don’t like is an inhuman EF Mass where there is more concern with the robotics of the Mass. When the EF was freed from its shackles in 2007, EWTN did a very well done educational video by an FSSP priest. He was robotic and almost inhuman, a computer generated version of a real person and Mass.
I don’t remember the Ancient Traditional Mass in my parishes being that way. The priests I saw celebrating this Mass prior to Vatican II did so with comfort, grace and in a human fashion.
The eyes cast down stance when facing the congregation and speaking to them does not serve the human aspect of the EF Mass at all. Jesus Christ is one Divine Being but He has two natures, Human and Divine. The same can be said of the Mass, it is Divine but has two natures too, divine and human. The human when celebrated properly is not an enemy of the EF Mass.
As I type this, two horrible mass shooting are being reported. The demonic in action.
There was a clip of a vigil Mass last night from El Paso. The scene that was broadcast on the news were of Catholics praying at Mass the “Our Father.” The congregation grieving over what has happened with 20 murdered at the Walmart and 40 others wounded, held hands during the Lord’s Prayer.
Is that really a horrible thing? Or is is human, created in the image of God?
I ask; you answer.