I once heard someone say to his bishop and the bishop listened, that he preferred the EF Mass over an OF Mass celebrated with an EF ethos. By that he meant all the bows and genuflections and kisses of the altar, the antiquity of the EF Mass, its lectionary and predictability when chanted or simply spoken.
Maybe that was a bit of hyperbole on his part, but he did describe to the bishop and the bishop listened that he attends two Masses each Sunday, an ordinary form one with his mom and an EF one at his local cathedral.
He described the kitschy music at his mom’s Mass, with guitar and things I had not heard since the 1980’s. What he described was truly horrible, like a Rocky Horror Movie Show.
Then he described the Chants from the young schola at his local cathedral.
I thought he was a bit over the top, but he had his points. The OF Mass is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get and usually you taste it and put it back in the box discovering what you bit into was just plain yucky.
But, what is wrong with mandating the Ordinary Form be celebrated ad orientem or at least with the Benedictine altar arrangement when facing the congregation? What is wrong with mandating the proper chants for the Mass in terms of the Introit, Offertory and Communion Antiphon? What is wrong with choreographing the OF Mass with EF rubrics? What is wrong with tasteful but beautiful, nobly simple vestments and altar linen that aren’t minimalistic, but are clean, starched and altar servers in nice, clean cassocks and surplices?
But all of these things need to be instituted, mandated and required. Why aren’t these for the Ordinary Form? Is sloppy, casual and a lack of attention to detail built into the Ordinary Form where no one cares?