Sanford, FL SPX music conductor facing the people
I was in the Orlando area yesterday and I attended that SSPX mass in Sanford Florida for the Feast of the Circumcision (I am not the same person as the OP of this thread). Close up, at ground level it looked much worse than the ceiling level camera image shows looking down on the altar in the video, since it focuses only on the altar. If it wasn’t a Tridentine Mass, it would have been a laughing matter, I was embarrassed for the conductor, he made a fool out of himself. They had a music conductor facing the people by the gate to the altar waving his hands around leading the people in singing and singing himself the Kyrie, the Gloria, the Sanctus, and the Agnus Dei. It was totally Novus Ordo, super effeminate (to say the least), and very distracting, it completely stole the mass from the priest. The Holy Sacrifice of the mass was secondary focus going on behind the conductor (music minister?) during practically the whole mass. The consecration occurred 3 seconds after he sat in his seat.
I do not know whose idea it was to do this, whether it was the prior’s or the music conductor’s idea, but it is a really bad idea, a total Novus Ordo novelty. It was almost impossible to focus on the mass. It was like a Protestant assembly where all the people can do is sing.
The church has a choir loft upstairs and a choir that was singing, the conductor has no business being in the front of the sanctuary “stealing the show”. It was totally Novus Ordo and effeminate. Why effeminate? It was effeminate because you have a man waving his hands effeminately (to say the least) wanting to be the center of attention. This is one step away from having the priest steal the show from God by facing the people in mass as they do in the Novus Ordo. It was very distracting and disconcerting. I felt embarrassed for the conductor; he made a fool out of himself up there.
I would humbly suggest that they ditch the novelty.