While there are certainly more external similarities between the Traditional Latin Mass and the Divine Liturgies of the Eastern Church, I did not mean only external appearances, but rather the spirit of the liturgy that is very similar. The novus ordo is very much a “communal” celebration, which very much resembles protestant services (most notably the Lutheran service). The Eastern liturgies, however, are filled with a much more profound sense of the sacred. For example, the priest says the canon in a low voice, out of the view of the people, behind a screen, because it is a supremely sacred moment. In the Eastern liturgies, the priest also faces the east during worship, with the priest and people facing the same direction rather than turned in on each other as in the novus ordo. Many Eastern liturgies make use of a form of Greek that is distinct from the every-day modern Greek. In other words, it is liturgical language, much like Latin used to be for us. Sacred music is also used, as opposed to folk songs composed in the 1970s.
Archbishop Burke has some insightful comments on this topic (from an article on RenewAmerica.com):
“It seems to me for the Eastern rites, and for those of the Orthodox Churches, the reform of the liturgy after the council and the concrete expression is so stripped of the transcendent, of the sacral elements, it is difficult for them to recognize its relationship with their Eucharistic Liturgies,” he said.
Archbishop Burke agreed that the Eastern Churches would most likely identify more readily with the Classical Roman rite of liturgy, and its similarities with their own Divine Liturgies, than the Novus Ordo liturgy.
“It would be easier for them to see the unity, the oneness in the Eucharistic Sacrifice, by a rite of the Mass, just limiting ourselves now to talking about the Holy Mass, that it was richer in those dimensions — the elements of the transcendent — the symbols of the transcendent element of Christ — Christ in action in the Mass — the unbloody renewal of the Sacrifice of Calvary,” Archbishop Burke said. [/size]