On this past Sunday, the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi, the Diocese of Worcester held its annual Spanish Corpus Christi procession. It's called Spanish because it takes place following a Novus Ordo Mass in Spanish. They have been having it for quite a few years now. It starts at the Cathedral of St. Paul with the mess, goes down Main Street for a mile and a half or so, and ends at St. Peter's Parish, across the street from Clark University.
Now the horror story: I received the Catholic Free Press, the Worcester diocesan weekly newspaper, today. I don't know how I'm getting it since the elders that I still live with did not renew their subscription; they can't afford to either. On the back page, I saw these photos (I scanned them so they may not be of great quality):
In this photo, the first violation of the Rubrics clearly is the use of a female torchbearer. Second of all, that torch is a requiem torch, and it is not to be used outside of a Requiem Mass. Third, while the vestements are correct, the bishop is carrying a monstrance that is way-to-big! The cross is taken from the diocesan coat-of-arms, but the color of brown is against the rubrics. If this is made out if wood, then it cannot be a monstrance. A monstrance is made of gold and silver, not wood.
In this photo, only one lady is wearing a hat, and another wearing a mantilla. Everyone else is dressed like its a party.
In this photo, these are First Communion kids. The girls are not wearing modest dresses, and I see some jeans there!
These women are dressed nicely, accept only one is wearing a hat as a head covering. Where a the mantillas las ninas?
Now, last but not least, the monstrance reaches the Novus Ordo table at St. Pete's. While there is a nice Da Vinci-styled Last Supper mural, there is no high altar. There are only 2 candles on the "altar" and one off to the side, which is against the rubrics. You're supposed to have 2 candlebrae with 7 on each one for Benediction, which equals 14, the number of stations of the Cross.
This is sad.