I have had numerous conversations with parishioners who love the EF Mass but are frustrated that they can’t follow it or don’t know what is being prayed and when it is being prayed.
I have asked this before and I continue to promote it. Here it goes:
At both our Cathedral Basilica and my parish, a lay lector simultaneously reads the Epistle and Gospel at the ambo as the priest reads it at the altar in Latin but in low, very low, voice. Why in the name of God and all that is holy, could there be installed “readers” vested in alb or cassock and surplice who read the Epistle at the ambo, while the priest sits at the sedelia for it and the Gradual/Alleluia without having to read these at the altar while a lector reads the Epistle and the schola chants the Gradual/Alleluia?
Why can’t a permanent deacon assist and a Missa Cantata as he would in the Ordinary Form and read the Gospel at the Ambo as the celebrant stands at his sedelia? Why can’t the rubrics be adjusted for the use of a deacon at a non-solemn sung Mass?
And this is the most important. Why in the name of God can’t the changing parts of the Mass be prayed in the vernacular and these specially, the Collect, the Secret (and prayed out loud) the Preface (thus allowing for the richness of prefaces from the OF Mass) and the Post Communion Prayer?
If these minor adjustments to the Ancient Latin Mass were made, I guarantee you that more priests would offer this Mass in their parish and more Catholics would attend. No doubt about it!