I was sent a link to a video of the Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form celebrated at the Proto-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Seattle in Vancouver, WA for their Patronal Feast of St. James the Greater.
At this parish you can tell that they are trying to celebrate the Novus Ordo in continuity with the Roman liturgical style, in keeping with the Roman genius inhering in the Vetus Ordo or Extraordinary Form. Absent are the oddities that have slowly become virtually de rigueur in the Ordinary Form. The servers were well trained and reverent. The celebrant and single concelebrant were reserved and capable.
I must say, this parish music program is excellent. For the Mass they used Widor’s Mass for two organs and choirs, Op. 36 and they did it splendidly. They also executed some fine motets and Gregorian chant (though I am not a fan of mixed voice Gregorian chant).
Here is the video.
For my part, I think that Father should have taken his seat at the sedilia as the music went on. Also, you will note that they, quite properly, separated the Sanctus and Benedictus. However I noticed that the celebrant waited for the two parts to end before continuing with the text. It seems to me that, in keeping with what Joseph Ratzinger had recommended, this would have been good moment simply to continue the Canon inaudibly (as we done for so many centuries – yes, yes I know what the stupid rubric says in the OF). I also noted that they used the Gradual rather than the responsorial psalm. Well done.
I compliment them for their reverence. Also, it is good that Latin is being used in the Novus Ordo. I hope that, in the future, the celebrant will also sing the Canon, also in Latin.
In my native place, at St. Agnes in St. Paul, the principle for the Novus Ordo “High Mass” in Latin, for both the orchestral and a cappella Masses, is that Latin is sung and the vernacular was spoken. So, the readings, petitions, etc. were spoken while everything else was sung. Each place where sacred worship is taken seriously will develop their own house style.
It is possible to raise questions about the advantages of one rite or the other. Some might say that, “If the Ordinary Form succeeds to the extent that it is like the Extraordinary Form, then why not just use the Extraordinary Form?” That’s a legitimate point in an idea world. Some places might need a way a) to make a transition to the Extraordinary Form or b) to keep at bay the howling wolves who would rend them limb from limb for being so traditional.
Another thing that impressed me about the parish is the fine examination of conscience available on their website. HERE They get it.
Fr. Z kudos.