One of the fruits of Summorum Pontificum whereby His Holiness liberated the older form of Mass, will be the "gravitational pull" it will exert on the way the newer form, the Novus Ordo is celebrated.
Fully aware that the plural of anecdote is not data, this comes from a reader:
Dear Fr Z,
You, and other bloggers, frequently bring joyous news of new TLM Masses and reverent OF Masses from around the world. Upon a recent visit back to Toronto, however, I was left wondering if the effects of Summorum Pontificum are slowly trickling down to the average OF Sunday Mass.
I give the example of Blessed Trinity Parish in Toronto. The 10.30 Sunday Mass is generally standard OF fare, though they have an excellent choir, which once traveled to Rome to sing at a Mass by John Paul II. I noticed some interesting things creeping into this Mass that weren’t there a while ago:
The Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei are still sung in a verse-refrain fashion but the refrain has moved into Latin, and the Agnus Dei is completely in Latin. The congregation seems to participate in this without any problems. [Of course! Latin Rite Catholics will adjust to Latin Rite liturgy!]
The church is blessed, not just with two priests, but a permanent deacon and a resident seminarian, which cuts down on the required numbers of EMHC. The deacon’s preaching in particular often reflects on the singular Truth of our Faith (cf. Dictatorship of Relativism).
There is a marked increase in devotion among the congregation with several receiving Communion kneeling and on the tongue. Many people also make their way to the tabernacle (still north of the altar) for prayer after Mass. Votive candles, often eliminated in Toronto due to insurance costs, have been reintroduced and explained as a particularly "Catholic" practice.
The priest/deacon cleaning the sacred vessels after Communion has taken to something I have only ever seen in the EF – they have adopted the hand position whereby the thumb and index finger are held over the chalice for the server to pour water over. Can keeping the thumb and index finger together after the Consecration be too far away?
Finally, the pastor, a monsignor, nearly made me weep for joy in the pews. Coming out to assist with Communion, he did not adopt the common alb and stole fashion so prevalent among priests who are not saying Mass. He came out in choir dress – long black cassock, purple fascia, and cotta – with stole and knelt at the steps of the altar until the presiding priest had received. Moreover, at the meet-and-greet after Mass he donned a long black cloak, the very image of a fully clerical cleric! Interestingly, the liturgical blue [ugh] came out on Jan. 1, but I don’t know if this is good or not.
I pray I’m not reading too much into these small signs but I thought your readers might enjoy some happy news from what is still the overwhelmingly normal way of celebrating Mass.
There are some strong currents at work. I am sure many people will start seeing changes, especially as the "biological solution" strengthens the "gravitational pull".