This article may help you understand how the Mass has changed
Thomas O’Loughlin has written an interesting article on Eucharist, and the unacknowledged “paradigm shift” in the liturgy since Vatican II (read it here.) He wrote this article (16 pages) in New Blackfriars in July 2010: “Eucharistic Celebrations: the Chasm between Idea and Action“.
In the article, he examines the effects of two changes:
- The New Rite;
- The move to the vernacular.
Sometimes these are seen simply as an evolutionary change. But they embody a shift from a liturgy that emphasised the event of the change in bread and wine into the presence of Christ, to a theology that focues on the action of the whole Christ in offering thanks to the Father. The implications are deep.
The article provides a very good analysis, and indications of matters which need to be addressed. A Holy Thursday theology perhaps?