…that’s why you wouldn’t know that that’s Cardinal Raymond Burke as the Main Celebrant.
At these kind of Masses, they don’t clap when a visiting priest assists at Mass. No introduction for them. At these Masses, they really don’t care who shows up. No happy, clappy, sappy warm and fuzzy welcome for them.
There’s something very good about a priest whose back is towards you when he offers the Mass, and you really don’t know who he is.
It’s not so much that he doesn’t care that you can’t “relate” to him, although, admittedly, that’s a good thing. It’s just that, he’s pointing to Jesus Christ and his posture and his backside tells you that as well.
If someone has his back to you and really doesn’t want to engage you in a conversation, it’s not necessarily about being rude. He just wants you to figure out that maybe there’s something more important that he’s doing and you should pay attention. He really doesn’t want to look at you, and laugh and smile and crack jokes and clap and engage in the rest of the Gong show. He’s got serious business to get on with. Jokes and laughs and the rest of the circus are, for the most part, AFTER Mass.
That’s why a lot of professionals in the Church don’t like this kind of Mass. You can’t see the priests’ faces. It’s not really about them and the performance. And the Professionals don’t like that because they thought the Mass was about them and the performance, but it’s not really about them, but Him.
Do you really think there would be a clamour for women to become priests if this Mass was reinstituted in the Latin rite as the ordinary form? I don’t think so. Because this kind of Mass doesn’t give the priest the power and the prestige that the Novus Ordo can and does. There’s no game to be had here. There’s no “hunt” on for the Feminists. It’s just boring. Just a function. There’s no show. No clapping. No entertainment. Less room to maneuver so everyone can see how clever and witty the priest is when he intersperses his commentary and inserts his novelties. It’s not about self-actualization and being “the presider”.
This kind of Mass squeezes out improv and self importance. It makes it about Sacrifice and not Entertainment. Kind of like sex, too, if you think about it. Here’s a prediction: when real liturgical reform happens, the proper understanding of sex will follow too. That’s a crazy idea, I know, but just remember you read it here when it happens.
As they say, lex orandi, lex credendi.