A Reform of the Reform Ordinary Form Mass at Saint Joseph, yes this is the 2012 Roman Missal in the Vernacular:
I must tell you that the two married bi-ritual priests I know, Fr.Miguel Grave De Paralta and Fr. Daniel Munn would both say that the Eastern Rite is best, far superior to the EF or the OF or now, the Anglican Catholic Rite. Are they wrong? I'm sure they could put forth a very cogent argument for their position and not based only on personal opinion.
I won't go into the historical studies of the Mass in the early Church upon which the New Order is based or the wisdom of doing a reform based upon the liturgy celebrated in home churches and catacombs before Constantine and the Basilica Form of Liturgy that developed in the Constantinian period.
Suffice it to say and this is my Clairvoyant side speaking, we will in the future, but maybe after I'm dead, have another Roman Missal that is very much like the EF Missal and very much like the OF Missal! There you have it!
This future I predict,though,hinges on one thing and one thing only, the working of the Holy Spirit in the selection and ministry of the only person in the world who can authorize such a reform, the pope, the bishop of Rome, the successor of Saint Peter, the Supreme Pastor of the Church. If the next pope is not on the same page as Pope Benedict is in term of the Liturgy, fasten your seat belts. The first sign of this will be if the new Holy Father insists on the Benedictine Altar arrangement at St. Peter's Basilica and elsewhere and the manner of distributing Holy Communion.
I would caution any Catholic whose faith hinges on liturgical legislation to grow up and accept legitimate authority as exercised in the Church by the Holy Father and bishops in union with him.
Unless, Pope Benedict has any more surprises up his cassock's sleeve, I don't see any more official changes or mandates to the General Instruction of the OF's Missal or its rubrics, even to make law the three things Pope Benedict is now modeling for an organic development of the OF Mass which are obvious to anyone who watches how he insists his papal Masses be celebrated which his master of ceremonies has clearly indicated are models for the entire church and her pastors (meaning here bishops, not priests). The popes style according the Msgr. Marini is to lead by example but not through mandate, although that isn't entirely true, if one takes into account the mandate to allow the EF Mass on a more liberal but controlled basis.
What has he modeled at the Vatican and Worldwide?
1. The Benedictine Altar arrangement which according to the pope as Ratzinger addresses the need to face God "symbolically" by having a central crucifix facing the priest as he celebrates Mass and thus eliminates the need to yank the entire church around again, in terms of the altar, and yet still face "ad orientem" when this symbolic position is now directed not to the apse of the church building, which may be east facing or not, but to the crucifix as the symbolic East point! Brilliant and genius on the part of the Holy Father. Yet he has also faced God by facing in the same direction as the people in various settings, so he models both orientations and both in his mind are facing God, not the people.
2. As it concerns the preservation of Latin in the Latin Rite (how novel!), the pope has certainly celebrated the OF Mass entirely in Latin, while the scriptures have been proclaimed in a variety of vernaculars but the Gospel in Latin. But he has also allowed the Gospel, such as on Palm Sunday, to be in the vernacular, Italian on Sunday. Last year it was chanted by three deacons in Latin. However, the Holy Father both at the Vatican and elsewhere celebrates the OF Mass in the vernacular. When at St. Peters, the entire Mass is in Italian except for what he now does exclusively in Latin which are the following parts:
a. The Preface dialogue, preface, Sanctus, Eucharistic prayer (any of them)mystery of Faith, Great Amen and Pater Noster (although the priestly embolism and laity's doxology are in the vernacular).
3. There has been a very clear teaching and a very clear modeling that Holy Communion be distributed to the faithful as they kneel and receive on the tongue. It's not a mandate by law yet, but having the two juxtaposed, the clearing reasoning for it and the actual modeling of it tells this clairvoyant priest that legislation is going to come in the future for the Latin Rite in the Ordinary Form!
Thus the future missal will be the following:
The current Latin Missal revised in 2002 along with the current lectionary and its manner and place of proclamation with the following mandated rubrics and General Instruction:
1. The Benedictine Altar Arrangement for either facing the congregation or facing the apse but always with new construction on a free standing altar (this is the most ancient form of the altar in the Basilica plan as seen in all the ancient basilicas of Rome)! The altar against the wall is a later "organic development" which the East never adopted as one looks at the altar behind the iconostasis.
2. Latin will be mandated for the Preface, Sanctus, Eucharistic Prayer, Mystery of Faith and Great Amen and maybe the Pater Noster.
3. Kneeling will be the legislative norm with standing only by exception for Holy Communion, thus allow the altar railing to be legitimately returned and thus allowing the sanctuary to be viewed as the Holy of Holies as in the East. This will help emphasize the unique role of the ordained priest at Mass and based upon Old Testament images of sacrifice celebrated by Old Testament priests who after having entered the holy of holies in the temple, having offered the sacrifice and consumed a portion of it on behalf of the people of Israel, and then brings what remains to the "people" who share in the banquet aspect of the sacrifice. It will be also based upon the High Priesthood of Christ in the Letter to the Hebrews."
What will not change:
1. The established order of the Mass, except for, and this is where my clairvoyance is fuzzy, the Penitential Act and the Offertory Prayers. The Introductory Rites, to include the Kyrie, Gloria and Collect will be at the Celebrant's Chair as well as the Credo and Universal Prayer and the Post Communion Prayer and Blessing, which will continue with the blessing and dismissal in that order, not the EF's Order.
2. The simplicity of rubrics will not be changed, although what is not explicit might become more explicit in terms of the use of the pall, and covering the chalice with the veil and burse. I believe multiple options in the rubrics may be refined or eliminated, not clear on that. Flexibility in the OF is here to stay.
3. Lay men and women reading the Scriptures at Mass as currently done now and at any and all papal Masses (at Palm Sunday's Papal Mass a woman read the first reading in English and with head uncovered, so this is here to stay!)
4. Altar girls will continue as a option, but to be decided locally as is currently allowed.
5. The EF Mass will still be an extraordinary option in OF parishes, although exclusively EF parishes will be promoted within the ordinariate of the SSPX which will be fully integrated into the Latin Rite once again in a fashion similar now to the Anglican Ordinariate and thus the Society of Saint Peter will come under the SSPX's bishops!
6. The official Propers of the Mass, Introit, Offertory and Communion antiphons will be mandatory. My clairvoyance says that the Penitential Act whatever that is, will be at the Foot of the Altar and after the absolution, the official Introit will be chanted, thus allowing for a different type of "processional hymn" for the priest and ministers to arrive at the altar for the penitential act at the foot of the altar, or no hymn at all--there will be options here.
7. Gregorian Chant even in the vernacular will be the norm and other chant based upon Gregorian chant allowed, such as Polyphony, Anglican Chant and even the Lutheran style of chant which is quite in continuity with Gregorian Chant. However music in the style of secular pop tunes associated today with Broadway and the top 20 will be forbidden!