Andrew of St Alban’s Fellowship has pointed us to the following report:
We had a very nice mass this morning as the inaugural service with Fr. Bonsignore and the Latin Mass Community at St. Thomas the Apostle. There were literally hundreds of people there, which was quite inspiring.
The 9am service was an Ordinary Rorm mass, in English. It was well done – adult men acolytes, chant with a good choir, communion kneeling at the altar rail, no nonsense from Fr. B. All very welcome. Still, I was surprised by some choices made – the Roman canon was not used, the mass was celebrated westward facing, although the filled North and South transepts made geography less obvious.
We briefly spoke with Fr. Bonsignore after the service, and he kindly agreed to Bernie’s request for a photo. He invited us to come to the Extraordinary Form High Mass they will offer for Gaudete Sunday “for a different experience”. While the 11:15am mass will be in the traditional Latin form, the default there is Low Mass (someone will have to explain that to me someday).
Although I did miss our Anglican Use mass, the mass today was good, and I was excited with our brethern to finally have their church back in action.
It was a good day.
(Comment: I am a little confused that the author of this report (Andrew?) should be surprised that the Ordinary Form mass which the group attended should be celebrated westward, which is in fact the standard orientation for the Ordinary Form, including Papal masses.
Similarly, the use of a Eucharistic Prayer other than the Roman Canon is common practice if the mass celebrated is not a High Mass or Pontifical Mass. It is only in the Ordinariate Use that the Roman Canon is prescribed for all Sunday masses, and that is primarily for historical reasons.
As far as I know, the default option in all churches, even before the changes which followed the Second Vatican Council, has always been the Low Mass – with High Mass being generally restricted to the principal Sunday Mass.