In theory, the liturgy, especially the Mass, “surpasses all other” forms of prayer. This, despite the testimonies of people cited in DPPL 53, and the obvious situations in which people have no recourse to regular sacramental care or the liturgical leadership of the clergy is so poor than almost any alternative is better than the Mass.
54. In an exaggerated and dialectic way, such views reflect the divergence that undeniably exists between the Liturgy and popular piety in some cultural ambits.
Where such views are held, they inevitably indicate that an authentic understanding of the Christian Liturgy has been seriously compromised, or even evacuated of its essential meaning.
Against such views, it is always necessary to quote the grave and well pondered words of last ecumenical Council: “every Liturgical celebration, because it is an action of Christ the Priest and of his Body, which is the Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others. No other action of the Church can equal its efficacy by the same title and to the same degree”(SC 7).
And if we cite such views, it is certainly incumbent on the full range of clergy: bishops, seminary rectors and professors, and priests, to be fully prepared to offer their absolute and unconditional best when it comes to the public celebration of the rites of the Church.
The full document, the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy, is online at the Vatican site.