I have just watched - and greatly enjoyed today's Papal mass. I thought it would be interesting to share reflections on it.
I was really impressed by Pope Francis's homily (in Italian). His keywords of trust, respect, goodness and tenderness and his phrase "only those who serve with love are able to protect" were very moving. His choice of words and delivery made it heartfelt and it was couched in clear and understandable language.
The mass itself was very simple and he instructed it to be shortened slightly. I thought that one of the great Polyphonic settings would be used but on reflection it was nice that the Missa De Angelis was used instead, and to see and hear people joining in.
It was great to include a range of languages in the readings (English, Italian, Spanish, Greek) and the intercessions (Russian, French, Arabic, Swahili, Chinese) I loved the antiphonal responses at the intercessions.
The singing during the Gospel acclamation - and the chanting of the Gospel itslef - was awful. The sistine chapel choir sung the motet's adequately but they are so undisciplined in their delivery. They really need to focus when they sing.
I was surprised that the collect and Eucharist Preface was all said and not sung. I think it loses something, but equally there is nothing worse than a poor singer trying to sing. Having said that perhaps the Sursum Cords at least should have been sung.
There was no bow/genuflection after the concecration of host (but it happened after the wine)
Does anyone know if the Salve Regina replaces the Ave Regina Caelorum on feast days and festal masses?
I love Pope Francis's quiet authority am so looking forward to him leading the church.