I just watched the on-demand video of the Holy Father’s Mass on Sunday with the canonization of seven new saints. This is the Mass for which the Holy Father wore the fanon. See my comments about the fanon and what the Pope is up to HERE.
First, the Sistine Chapel choir’s Gregorian chant has improved. Thanks be to God. The pace could be a little less lugubrious. C’mon, people! Pick it up a little? It’s speech! Prayer! Not just melody! And it’s too bad they had to sing outside in the big parking lot in front of the Basilica. They belong in the Sistine Chapel, after all. Right?
Also, just to freak out some liberals, you can see that the kids in the choir are sporting clerical collars.
Second, apart from the restoration of the fanon, another traditional practice was restored.
Notice something in this shot? It is a little small, but there is an ambo where the arrow is pointing. That is where the first readings were read.
The first readings were done on one side, the Gospel on the other. The Epistle side and the Gospel side of the altar were recognized.
The restoration of continuity continues.
Now what we need to see is the suppression of the “prayers of the faithful” in the Novus Ordo and the older form of the Roman Rite celebrated coram Pontifice… coram Romano Pontifice.