There is a great deal of foment in the world of liturgy today and much of it is grassroots. We see how churches that were once stripped of their pre-Vatican II beauty in favor of a Presbyterian look that John Calvin would love are now "re-enchanting" their liturgical architecture. And new churches that once looked like something that McDonald's or Burger King would build are now being designed with an eye to tradition.
Saint Teresa Church in Grovetown, Georgia (a suburb of Augusta in the Diocese of Savannah) whose pastor is Fr. Mike Ingram, has come up with this design for their new suburban church:
Kudos to Saint Teresa's for not buying into the Calvinistic approach to building new Catholic Churches.
The Reform in Continuity new liturgical movement is very, very different than what Vatican II did in terms of a shoving of a particular vision of it down everyone's throat in a lockstep fashion in the 1960's (in other words, Vatican II implemented in a pre-Vatican II way).
The renewal that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is implementing is one of invitation and giving example but not mandating. And it is catching on around the world, maybe not like wildfire, but it is catching on like the small mustard seed that is sprouting into some that will be very big and very grand.
For example, I would have never thought 5 years ago that we would have one Sunday Mass ad orientem for the Ordinary Form, that we would be celebrating the older Tridentine Mass and that people would have the personal choice to either stand or kneel comfortably at a kneeler for Holy Communion and that intinction would be as well received as it has been.
All of this is liturgical renewal without forcing anyone into a lockstep across the board. And what I have seen in my parish is that more and more people (not all certainly) are choosing to kneel as they witness others doing it. And yes there is a developing sense of a recovered piety and reverence at Mass not experienced since Vatican II!
I often wonder what path the liturgical renewal had taken if Pope Paul VI had been more like Pope Benedict and allowed the Tridentine Mass to co-exist side by side with the missal of 1970? Would we have had all the upheavals we've had?
Only in heaven will we be able to see on our heavily iPads parallel history to determine various outcomes depending on the road chosen.