Oh for goodness’ sake!
Is this thread about reverence, or supposed abuses?
Are you aware that even if the priest did allow certain abuses in mass, the mass could still be reverent because of the reverence of the people present?
Our pastor is a serious left-brained human being. He knows every rule and enforces them as if handed down by God Himself – because for Him, to obey is to demonstrate love for His Savior! “If you love me, keep my commandments.”
This man would NEVER allow an abuse to take place at a mass in his parish. If we have EMHCs at our mass, I can guarantee you that he is allowing this as an exact following of prescribed rules.
Meanwhile, back to reverence…
Again, our OF masses are incredibly reverent, because the people are a reverent lot. And yes, we also have incense, and Latin chant, and English hymns, and some people kneeling to receive communion on the tongue (I would stop the line for five minutes if I tried to do that), and all the other trappings that some believe make something “reverent.”
But I would argue that the reverence of a mass flows from the attitudes of the priest and his people. Our daily masses have absolutely none of the fancy Sunday stuff. One of the regular lectors mumbles so badly you can’t understand a word she says without a missal in hand. The entire mass is in English, no incense, and few – if any – kneel to receive Holy Communion; but those masses are beautiful and reverent all the same.
Incidentally, on the rare occasions when I can attend a daily mass, I always count how many people are there – usually around 50. Delights my heart to pray with those faithful souls!