Please compare these two photos of the Normative, Post-Antecedent Mass celebrated in the Sistine Chapel two years apart and for the very same feast—what is your innate, non theological, non doctrinal reaction to each Mass, both the very same form?
First, we must make it clear, that the Holy Father in celebrating this Mass in two different directions in two years, reads the black, does the read and has long adoration for both very high elevations of the Host and Chalice.
Second, both Masses are valid beyond valid, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is present as well as the Real Presence of the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Risen and Glorified Lord in the most sacramental way possible.
But which one “looks” more beautiful? Obviously this is a subjective evaluation to determine this, or is it?
Which one inspires awe and wonder in the most uncathecized Catholic, or from a well formed or poorly formed Protestant or from an Eastern Orthodox Christian, or from an agnostic and atheist?
Which one seems ordinary (in the true sense of the word) or extraordinary (in the true sense of the word)?
Which one would create in the person participating a sense that this direction of the Mass is directed more to God than those in the pews and is more beautiful and pleasing to God, a Gift to God and then God who returns the Greatest Gift to us?
Which one of these two is more “vertical” from the horizontally but vertically oriented congregation and priest, the pope in this case?
Why doesn’t the pope and most of the bishops in union with him get it as well as priests my age and older and a bit younger?
And let’s compare this collage with the same questions above:
Let’s be clear. The pope and the bishops in union with him know that there is a crisis in Mass attendance in the Ordinary Form throughout the world. Some 5% to 25% of Catholics actually attend Mass.
And those who attend Mass, only a small minority of those attending Catholics actually believe what the Church’s dogmatic teaching is on the Mass both as Sacrifice and a Sacrificial Banquet where Jesus Christ, under the sacramental form of either the Bread and Wine is fully and transubstantially present, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, and in the Form of Food which makes receiving our sacramental Real Presence of the Glorified Christ in a palatable way.
Of the photos shown of the distribution of Holy Communion and the direction of the celebration of the very same Mass by the very same Pope, which one promotes authentic belief, devotion and awe and wonder in the Greatest Gift God gives to us, His Son’s Sacrifice and His Son’s Glorified Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity?
Holy Father and Bishops in union with you, we don’t need more words about the true meaning of the Mass and Holy Communion, we need better gestures and common sense from you.