The Mass is not about us, the Mass is about Our Lord. We do to mass to pay homage to Our Lord, so we ought to offer Our Lord the best of what we can. Making the Mass more ‘humble’ is not a sign of humility on our part, quite the reverse. Stripping away the grandness of the Mass is an attempt to view Our Lord as being closer to our own mundane state. Jesus is Our Lord, not our ‘best buddy’ who we go for a beer with. Deliberately attempting to make the Mass more ‘humble’ is focussing on ourselves, not on Our Lord. The Mass is not about us, it is about God.
And why is the 21st Century so special? Does the Liturgy alter to suit the ‘signs of the times’? Is truth subjective and dependent on the the expectations of the secular world around us?
The Mass doesn’t exist in order for us to use it to portray an image of ourselves that would be better accepted by the world around us. The Mass exists so that we may give glory to God in all his majesty. Nobody seems to have an issue with all the pomp and ceremony that surrounds Monarchs and Heads of State, yet Our Lord ought to get a basic ceremony without and frills? The Mass does not exist as a community gathering where we come to pat ourselves on the back for being ‘humble’ and have a chat with our Jesus as our ‘buddy’, we go to Mass to give glory to our eternal God and King.
I attend a regular OF Mass, and it does hurt me when I see the Mass being made ‘lower’. Incense almost never used (not even at Christmas), sloppy vestments, folksy chats, dry hand fonts, every word of Latin removed. That’s not humilty, that’s disrespect.