From a priest reader with my emphases and comments:
Really appreciate your blog. Priests like you give us other priests a lot of encouragement to keep working to bring more reverence to the liturgy. Thank you so so so much. May God Bless you. [You are welcome!]
Long story short. In my last parish over a three year period I introduced an EF mass offered each Sunday. Started using the altar rail for communion on the tongue. Started to celebrate the OF ad orientem. Started using more latin in the OF, e.g., gloria, credo, canon, pater noster. Helped to work with the choir to learn Gregorian chant which we added to the celebration of our Sunday Liturgies. The celebration of the Mass ad orientem made the biggest difference in my experience. [The eminent liturgical scholar Klaus Gamber, who had such an influence on Joseph Ratzinger, opined that the turning of altars was the single most damaging change made after the Council.] The altar boys loved it and they immediately became more serious and reverent. Communion at the altar rail also made a big difference. And then because of the complaints of a few parishioners I was ordered by the bishop to cease and desist. [Stopped.. doing things that were perfectly legitimate, btw. But … it is always a few vinegary types, isn’t it.] I stopped, lost all credibility with the parishioners and was very discouraged for a few weeks.
Now I’m in another parish and I have made a few little changes. Like wanting to have male altar servers. And the complaints are starting to add up. People really need to pray for their priests! I guess I’m not looking for any answers but it really does feel difficult sometimes trying to do what the Lord wants us to do. [Especially when the bishop leaves you to twist in the wind.]
Father… don’t be discouraged.
The tide really is turning.