the choir was excellent and the music was classic and beautiful. One could overlook the fact that the proper antiphons were omitted.The 20 something year old cathedral like church was also classic in design and well executed. And then the fly in the ointment that so many priests like honey attract that defiles the Mass. After the first prayer of the Mass, the Entrance Chant, after the praise to the Most Holy Trinity and the religious greeting, there was three minutes of secular greetings, welcoming visitors and asking where they were from as people shouted out Florida, Georgia, Brazil, Chile, and on and on. Then two cheer leading groups were acknowledged to happy applause. Then after this intermission from the prayerful beginning of Mass all were invited to recall their sins and the Mass was fine until...
The wonderful professional stipended choir concluded their wonderful post communion song and someone began applause!
Then after the Prayer after Communion there were more announcements, advertisements, and acknowledgements of the various actors of the Mass. And more applause was invited for the deserving paid choir.
This is what is wrong with the OF Mass and needs reform and the recovery of the unified approach to a prayerful experience of Mass starting with the prayerful gathering prior to Mass as is the case with the EF Mass. There should be continuity in this regard between the two forms of the Mass.
And now the sad fact that we know is the disease of my generation of 1970's prepared priests deformed by the liturgical theology of Fr. Eugene Walsh and the like, the priest celebrant who high jacked an otherwise lovely OF Mass with his theology of welcome was slightly older than me. How is it that I was cured of this same disease?