First, look at the pictures below. Which Mass captures the imagination of the young which will remain with them until their dying breath? I would say it is the Mass that conveys the sacred, reverence and transcendence. It is the Mass that is not ordinary but extraordinary in style and attention to detail.
Can the Modern Vernacular Mass as it is celebrated in most places capture the imagination of the young and not so young as the TLM does. NO! NO! NO!
Can the Modern Vernacular Mass celebrated like a TLM, although in the vernacular, with rubrics that allow a TLM ethos capture the imagination of the young and not so young? YES! YES! YES!
My constant prayer, every time I pray for the pope in the Canon of the Mass, is my hope that the next pope go back to the future, not 1970, with Pope Benedict’s liberal allowance of the TLM and may that lead to Pope Benedict’s desire that the Modern Vernacular Mass look, feel and sound like the TLM—that’s the way forward if we want to be a young Church for the young who will remain in the Church until they are old and dead.
After these photos, I post a Rorate Caeli article about La Croix’s finding that the young and not so young love the TLM while also appreciating the MVM. La Croix can be a liberal rag or fish wrap or a crock, like the NCR, but with this article they get it!
(This Mass is the MVM but with TLM sensibilities:)