I went recently to Sunday Mass outside London: a modern church, a congregation of about a hundred, and a relatively new parish priest; three hymns (two ‘trad’ and one ‘mod’) and the Kyrie, Gloria and Agnus sung to the simple chants of the new missal, led by a small group of singers at the back; a carefully worked out homily for which the children were asked to come and sit at the sanctuary step with the celebrant, and there took place a form of catechising, question and answer, with the adults being drawn in to the instruction as it proceeded; an unhurried feel to the Mass, with the prayers read carefully and thoughtfully, and the people joining in without rushing; the sanctuary simple (it was Lent) some nice iron candlesticks by the altar and heavy woven vestments of a very full shape.
Spectacular? No. Just good Sunday worship, with care taken about every part of it and full use of the simple resources available. Above all, the sense that the liturgy belonged to everyone, and that the priest was not dominating it by chattering, or by making things up as he went along. Perhaps this is the new spirit to the liturgy which is now developing among us.