Stylistically, St. Anthony’s is a late Victorian Era design that makes sound use of the round, or Roman arch.
Such feature is of substantial historical importance, for it carries on the significant German Heritage of this Parish: this house of worship’s architectural spirit is that of the German Romanesque - a fusion of essential Gothicism with Romanesque forms that were somewhat peculiar to Northern Europe.
Construction of the exterior brick walls is expertly carried out and serves as a model for the brick mason’s art. Also notable is the eclectic wooden steeple/tower centered on the front with its Moorish design implications: perhaps this feature is meant to represent the faith’s universality.
It is realistically assumed that the Franciscan Order, when hiring Louis Piket, the Church architect, chose a designer who; had familiarity with the history of European Church architecture - especially with the Romanesque mode as interpreted in Germany. thus, continuity of regional and ethnical/national heritage was felt appropriate for the Parish of St. Anthony Church by is designer.
- When the deacon and sub-deacon are not occupied, they take up positions at the north and south ends of the altar facing each other.
- The Prophecy, Epistle, and Gospel are read, in Milan Cathedral, from the great ambon on the north side of the choir, and the procession thereto is accompanied with some state. Such readings in the Tridentine Latin Mass take place generally on the altar with the exceptions of an ordained lector reading the Epistle as well as the chanting of the Gospel at a Pontifical High Mass.
- The offering of bread and wine are done by the men and women of the Scuola di S. Ambrogio.
- The filing past and kissing the north corner of the altar at the Offertory.
- The silent Lavabo occurs just before the Consecration and not in the offertory, which is a clear change from the rubrics of the 1962 Roman Rite.
- The absence of bell-ringing at the Elevation.
- The name of St. Ambrose is added to the Confiteor
- The Fraction is done immediately after the Canon, accompanied by an antiphon called the Confractorium [as was the case in the Roman Rite up until St. Gregory the Great]
- There is no Agnus Dei except in Masses for the Dead