Ordinary Form and Extraordinary Form of the Mass, can you tell the difference or which one is which? Shouldn't it be this way everywhere?
Let me see? Apart from discovering who actually assassinated President Kennedy, I would want to see how things would have worked out in parallel time.
What if Pope Benedict had been the pope rather than Blessed Pope Paul VI during the end of the Vatican II and in the period of the fabrication of the revised Order of Mass? What would the Church be like in 2015?
Let's say Pope Benedict (who as Cardinal Ratzinger prior to the youth riots in Germany and Europe in 1968 was a flaming liberal or progressive) revised the Mass according to the manner in which it was fabricated by those Blessed Paul VI commissioned to do so and then His Holiness approved. But rather than shoving this new Mass down the throats of the entire Latin Rite of the Catholic Church in the most clerical, triumphalist and pre-Vatican II way possible, Pope Benedict simply stated that now there are two forms of the one Latin Rite, the venerable Traditional Latin Mass (TLM) that will continue as the 1962 Roman Missal describes with the option of vernacular Scripture readings from the revised Roman Lectionary and from an ambo and with the same careful and rigid rubrics for the Low, High and Solemn High Masses.
However, the newly fabricated Mass is an option and it will henceforth be called the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Pastors with multiple Masses on Sunday should allow for one of these new Masses on Sunday after polling parishioners if they so desire it.
In the 1960's which Mass would have gained more popularity if the older TLM Mass had remained the Ordinary Form of the Mass and the newly fabricated one the Extraordinary Form of the Mass?
Finally I hope you were as thrilled as I that in Pope Francis' unexpected pick of Cardinal Robert Sarah (it seems that Pope Benedict convinced Pope Francis not to choose Archbishop Piero Marini as the new prefect for the CDW which is really bombshell news if true, because Pope Francis was about to choose him)that we have someone quite similar in liturgical theology as Pope Benedict himself! What a relief to say the least.
It seem, then, that Cardinal Sarah will help continue the trend of helping us to have the Mass that Sacrosanctum Concilium wanted for the Church, something that is a "reform in continuity" with the TLM especially in sacrality and reverence! This is bombshell good news for the Church!
Cardinal Sarah states the obvious about this:
In the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict we must realize
this is trying to reconcile the two forms of the Roman rite and it seeks
especially to help us rediscover the sacredness of the holy Mass as
actio Dei, (God's action) and not the action of men. We touch here on an extremely important point:
the problem of the widespread indiscipline, lack of respect and fidelity
to the (fabricated) rite, which can also affect the validity of the sacraments.
My final comments: In the red paragraph above, it is clear that the good Cardinal is not necessarily speaking of a completely revised Ordinary Form Mass, but being faithful to celebrating it by the book, which is another way of describing "say the black and do the red!"
One can certainly make the Ordinary Form Mass more sacred like the TLM is by simply doing what is already allowed:
1. A minimal amount of Latin to include the chanting of the propers and the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei while all else remains in the vernacular as an option.
2. Ad orientem for the Liturgy of the Eucharist or at least the traditional altar arrangement when facing the people similar to what Blessed Pope Paul VI had for his first partially Italian Mass 50 years ago today!
3. Kneeling for Holy Communion (this is a no-brainer!)
Apart from these three things, an actual revision to the Ordinary Form Mass could include the following:
1. Restoration of the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar as a preparation for the celebrant and ministers for Holy Mass and done publicly as the Introit is chanted.
2. Requiring the chanting of the Propers with no option of substituting a hymn (although hymns could be chosen in addition).
3. Restoration of the EF's offertory Prayers and rubrics for the Roman Canon.
4. Restoration of the Last Gospel.
5. Revise the fabricated Roman Calendar and make it more like the EF's calendar
(Keep in mind that the Anglican Ordinariate Missal, every much a part of the one Latin Rite's Ordinary Form already has all five of these!!!!!, thus it doesn't take too much of a leap to think that this will be given to the original Ordinary Form Mass goers!)