A real contrast!
At St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u30JAuanWQg
At Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in LA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry47OAIec78
The most noticeable differences to me was not the building, even though they are quite different – I actually prefer OLA in terms of comfort, sight lines and particularly acoustics. I was most impressed with the Mass at St. Patrick’s in terms of:
There weren’t people constantly wandering around behind the altar, going back and forth to the sacristy.
The altar servers were clearly far better trained and vested than their counterparts in LA and there was no female altar servers.
Communion was under one species which negated the terrible circus (and legion of EMsHC) that takes place in LA just before communion including the hasty (and prohibited) pouring of the Precious Blood from flagons to chalices – something that is painful to watch.
10 ciboria and thus 10 men distributed Holy Communion at St. Pat’s. There were ~25 chalices and maybe a dozen “ciboria” used in LA. That’s 37 vs. 10 for roughly the same sized number of communicants.
The use of a bit of Latin – including the Pater Noster at St. Pat’s.
On the other hand:
- I think ABp. Gomez was more careful/reverent in his celebration of the Mass. Cardinal Dolan almost seemed to be under the weather and/or preoccupied.