This is from a much longer essay on so many things including a loss of Catholic belief in the Real Presence in congregations which celebrate the Ordinary Form exclusively. Read the whole article HERE.
Here is the music excerpt by Robert R. Reilly:
This is from a much longer essay on so many things including a loss of Catholic belief in the Real Presence in congregations which celebrate the Ordinary Form exclusively. Read the whole article HERE.
Here is the music excerpt by Robert R. Reilly:
The NCR says at its heading they are "the independent news source." I like that because it doesn't say "independent Catholic news source." Thus I would suggest a new moniker for them, "The National Independent Reporter" or NIR.
Sean Michael Winters, right up there with some of their other nasty post-Catholic commentators seems to have had a small conversion. He recognizes the schism of some of his leftist Gnostic buddies at their independent news source. Of course he slams the right and their righteous Gnosticism. At least he's fair, but he mixes apples and oranges.
You can read his conversion story below:
Excerpt: This Study tells how from early times the Roman Catholic mass was generally celebrated with the priest facing East across the altar. The people thus saw the back view of a vested minister performing a ritual largely hidden from them; and any consequent sense of the solemnity and even the secrecy of that ritual was viewed as integral to the nature of the sacrament, to be honoured and preserved.
The above excerpt is from a very long paper by Fr. O’Donoghue. Press the title for it.
But from this brief excerpt, I have a couple of observations as it concerns the priest facing west or facing the congregation.
Because the Ordinary Form’s ritual has been so stripped of its ritual, what is there to see????
If the Extraordinary Form was celebrated facing the congregation, which is not illicit by the way, there would be plenty of ritual to see. Not so in the Ordinary Form.
When I was a teenager, the first Sunday the priest faced the congregation in my home parish, I was amazed at all the ritual. It was the 1965 Missal, but all the rubrics were the Tridentine rubrics and the only difference was the priest faced the congregation.
Thus I saw the dramatic gesture with arms for the Gloria. I saw the dramatic gesture with the arms at the start of the Roman Canon as well as all the kissings of the altar. I saw all the signs of the Cross and other gestures in the Roman Canon which I never saw the priest do. I also saw the pious looks of the priest as he prayed. I am not sure that was a good thing as immediately with that first Mass facing the congregation, the priest’s pious or indifferent looks came into play as did the general looks of the priest and his personality for better or for worse.
I saw the priest consume the Holocaust in front of us. Most shocking in the mid 60’s was the fact that the priest chewed the Host. My mom and many others did not like watching the priest consume the Holocaust in front of everyone as we watched. We thought it gosh and impolite.
Apart from the priest’s pious or impious looks at Mass, the 1970 Missal stripped all the ritual from the Mass that was able to be seen in the Tridentine Mass facing the congregation.
Thus, I would suggest, in the Ordinary Form there is no reason whatsoever to have the priest face the congregation. Why? Because there is noting to be seen in terms of ritual!
This post goes with the one below it. I have not heard this Latin Chant in the African Style of the Congo, but it is a wonderful example of how the EF Mass could be inculturated and remain the EF Mass:
In terms of the two forms of the one Roman Rite, although, there are other rites, like the Ordinariate's Rite, and Pope Francis stated on Monday that The Zairean Rite is a “promising model” for the Amazon.
And of course there are other rites in the Latin Rite, such as the Ambrosian and Dominican Rites.
Because of its rigidity in terms of language and rubrics, I doubt the Extraordinary Form of the Mass could be inculturated, although a vernacular hymn could accompany the procession at the beginning of Mass prior to the chanting of the Introit and the same with the recessional. I think too in addition to the Offertory and Communion antiphons, an inculturated anthem could be sung in whatever acceptable idiom, be it Gospel or otherwise. But that would be about it unless others have suggestions.
Also, some SSPX parishes in France and even our Cathedral Basilica in Savannah allow a layman to read the Epistle and Gospel after the priest introduces them with the Latin salutation and first few words of the readings and then goes silent as he reads the Latin Text while simultaneously the layman reads both the Epistle and Gospel in the vernacular from the ambo. It doesn't take a leap to allow these to been done in the vernacular instead of Latin and at the ambo by a lay reader for the Epistle and the priest or deacon for the Gospel.
But the Ordinary Form can be so easily molded to inculturation as well as parish adaptations, that almost anything could go.
What about adding to the Ordinary Form aspects of the Extraordinary Form. Certainly an all Latin OF Mass is foreseen as it is the official language of this Mass. In fact, I have an all Latin Ordinary Form Roman Missal.
But what about these customs associated with the EF Mass?
1. Remove the chasuble prior to preaching the homily and begin and end the homily with the Sign of the Cross. Currently as our Cathedral Basilica's EF Mass, the celebrant only removes the maniple placing it on the Missal prior to proceeding the to the ambo to preach the homily.
2. What about the use of the biretta? Could it be used for the procession, sitting for the readings, for the homily and at the recessional?
3. We know that ad orientem and kneeling at the altar railing is allowed but heavily depends on the position of the local bishop if he will allow it or not.
4. Could the EF's Asperges or Vidi Acquam be used as a prelude to the OF Mass?
5. Could the priest during the Eucharistic Prayer, any of them, and during the consecration bow slightly when he says, "and He gave you thanks..." and could there be double genuflections as in the Ordinaritate's Missal?
6. What else do you think is plausible with the hyper adaptability of the Ordinary Form, that bishops might allow?
Don’t get me wrong, I think there should be attention to detail in the liturgy. Vestments should be tasteful and classical. I prefer simplicity in classical vestments to include the alb.
I have never liked wearing the amice as it bothers my neck and it never looks right on me. Thus I buy albs that hide the clerical collar and do not need an amice.
But there is an element in the recovery of tradition that disturbs me. It is a preoccupation with the frillyness and gaudiness of some traditional vesture.
This is one such story:
Sometimes, liturgical/church art is placed in a manner that it can be seen but not touched. For devotional purposes, touching relics and art has always been a Catholic tradition as well as kissing it in the non-COVID age.
When we restored the interior of the Church of the Most Holy Trinity in Augusta in 1996, I was tempted to remove the life-size crucifix hanging on the congregation side of the church. You might as, though, “but Father, why in the name of God and all that is holy would you remove that crucifix?” Why? You ask? Because Vatican II taught (not) that you should not have a multiplicity of symbols in church buildings as it weakens the symbol. Just think of why all the “signs” of the Cross were eliminated in the Ordinary Form’s Roman Canon rubrics. Only one is needed and that makes it more powerful (not).
So you see in the second photo below, that there is a crucifixion scene above the altar (painting original to the 1863 church, side panels added in the 1996 restoration). And there is a crucifix in the cupola of the altar.
But then I thought to myself, self, I said, a lot of my parishioners go up to this life size crucifix, touch and kiss the foot of Jesus and embrace his legs. Accessibility is important to our devotional life. So it stayed.
By the way, we used this crucifix to veil for Passiontide and unveil and venerate on Good Friday.
The problem with liturgical dance in the Ordinary Form, which just so happens to be the problem of music in the Ordinary Form as well as silence, is that dance, music and silence have to be added to it as an application and somewhat disconnected from the Mass itself. It is external rather than internal.
Not so with the EF Mass. The Mass is the dance! The Mass is the song! The Mass is the grand silence!
The Solemn Sung Mass with deacon, subdeacon, and the panoply of other liturgical ministers is the minuet par excellence. The “lesser solemn” forms of this Mass are a dance too in its choreography.
The Solemn High Mass and certainly the Pontifical High Mass are tightly choreographed and one can tell it is a dance by observing the movements of the priest, deacon and subdeacon.
Thus if you love liturgical dance, you’ll love the EF Mass and its choreography:
Recently, I had a Pharisaical sort of character try to trap me into responding to the that person’s question if I thought the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is superior to the Ordinary Form. I tried to be like Jesus and confound him with my answer so silly was the trap question.
But from my personal experience with the transitional phases of so-called “liturgical renewal” between 1965 to 1970, I can say that I loved the “new and improved” aspects of this renewal. For me as a teenager, shortening the Mass was a definite improvement (i.e. eliminating the long prayers at the foot of the altar and the thrice said, “Lord, I am not worthy”).
I loved the vernacular too and I can still remember how excited I was when our pastor told us on a Sunday that next week a goodly portion of the Mass would be in English and we will provide worship aids to assist you in responding. That first Sunday is indelibly marked in my memory and I still have the worship aide for that and subsequent Sundays.
I started to turn sour on the renewal when “folk music”was introduced and choirs sang from the front as though entertaining us with their voices and antics. There was a lot of talking before and after Mass.
Much of the folk music was horrendous, musically and theologically.
This ushered in a more casual experience during Mass. Then there was a loss of the choreography of the Mass and things simply becoming sloppy and thus irreverent.
Can we recapture the reverence of the EF Mass into the OF Mass? Yes, I am counting on it.
The OF Mass will always be the Mass that the majority of Catholics will attend, always. But it can be improved even without changing its order or discarding the vernacular and vernacular hymns and propers.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the single most important way to return the OF Mass to pre-Vatican II reverence is to kneel for Holy Communion at the altar railing. It would have an organic effect on the rest of the Mass.
The Church certainly goes beyond its institutional confines. Wherever the laity are, they represent Catholicism to the extent that they live it. A well lived Catholicism of the clergy and laity is the way for the “new evangelization.” Poorly lived Catholicism is like hiding a lamp under a blanket. It happens both within the clergy and laity.
For the most part, the role of bishops and priests is spiritual and moral and specifically saving souls from the fires of hell. Their (our) role isn’t necessarily political although the political realm can show or hide the spiritual and moral aspects of the Church.
The Catholic laity are to represent the Church in the social sphere or the public square. They can either shine or hide the Light of Christ by their actions and political choices if these are consistent with what the Head of the Church (Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord) teaches or inconsistent with our Savior.
Let’s talk about Catholic politicians (not non Catholic ones as they are a different category and are not under the authority of the pope or bishops in union with the pope).
Bishops and priests should be mostly concerned with the eternal salvation of the souls under their care. The worldly aspect of the Church is left to deacons, those in consecrated life and the laity who are well formed in the Deposit of Faith and the Church’s moral teachings which they are called to live and proclaim.
When any Catholic, clergy, those in consecrated life or laity, diverges from the Teachings of the Risen Lord and in a public way, they are a “puss” or corruption on the Body of Christ. That carbuncle needs lancing which can be painful and disgustingly messy but ultimately therapeutic leading to healing.
President Elect Biden by his mortal sin of promising to enshrine the right to choose an abortion through the 9th month and murdering a child following a botched abortion, to enshrine euthanasia and enshrine gender ideology is also leading others into perdition.
If President Elect’s bishop in Delaware and eventually Washington and any geographical diocese the President Elect visits, the role of the bishop is to call him to repentance in the areas where he hides the light of Christ and jeopardizes the eternal salvation of his soul which could land him and others in hell.
Yes, his bishops have a political game to play with him, but that is secondary and if that political game fails because President Elect Joe Biden ignores his bishops who call him to repentance, and deny him the sign of Full Communion with the Risen Lord and His Church, the reception of the Sacred Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, then so be it.
Let’s take abortion off the table for a theoretical example. Let’s say a future Catholic politician is elected president. He advocates for racist policies such as segregation under the guise of “separate but equal” and he calls upon the nation to be pro-choice in this re-segregation of America by placing “whites only” or “blacks only” signs on their places of business, restrooms, restaurant tables and water fountains. He also calls for same race schools and institutions and men only in political office.
After all, bishops need to save their souls too, as well as priests.
By the way, I have two cameo appearances in it. Can you pick them out?
I had not heard this wonderful Christmas song in such a long time. It is great for Thanksgiving today and the Advent/Christmas Season.
Just as a side note, and I blush when I say this, the Amen part of this song was frequently sung as the Great Amen of the Mass in many places. And yes, I did sing, "sing over again"! Oh, well....
I have tried to link the ex-cardinal McCarrick and the President Elect together as a symbol of how abuse of people, whatever kind of abuse of power there is, are linked together in the Church.
McCarrick was a nice, civil, congenial character. The press loved him for that. He was a middle of the road, but slightly to the left Catholic. In other words, he was considered open minded by the press and progressive Catholics. But despite this, he abused his power in an immoral, mortal sin fashion with his disordered “pathological” passions.
President-Elect Biden too is a nice, civil, congenial character. The press loves him for that and half of America, Catholic or Protestant or Jewish or nothing. In other words, he is considered open minded by the press and others, especially ultra progressive Catholics on the far left who love his social justice stances fully in accord with Church teaching in terms of helping the poor, the immigrants and women and their health. However, he allows and encourages through law, enabling the big business of abortion, allowing women to hire hit men to kill their unborn babies even up to the 9th month and afterwards. He favors euthanasia and enshrining it in law, allowing us to hire a hit man to kill the vulnerable or those who can’t do it for themselves.
At least McCarrick didn’t kill his victims directly. They can sue him and the Catholic institution that allowed him to do so for so long. Babies, even those murdered immediately after birth have no such recourse. And if the statutes of limitation had not run out, McCarrick could be in prison right now. There are no such laws for mothers or fathers or abortion providers. And if dead babies could sue the president, the legislatures, the judicial courts—wow! No such justice for them.
This is what Pope Francis has just on Sunday written to women in Argentina where there is a political battle to decriminalize abortion:
By chance, I happened upon this video by accident. There are a couple of mistakes outside. The building they call the original church isn’t. That was torn down in the late 1800’s. What they are looking at is St. Francis Hall built in the late 1970 by Father William Simmons.
There is a lot of noise which was reminiscent of all the noise during the major restoration we had beginning around 1996 I think. I have no idea where that noise is coming from as there seems to be no construction in the Church.
The “new” church was begun in 1857 and consecrated in April of 1863. The original church on this property goes back to 1810, although Mass was said in the downtown area in the late 1700’s for primarily French Catholics in Augusta.
The parish was integrated with slaves and freemen prior to and during the Civil War. There are numerous baptisms of slaves in the parish’s baptismal registries.
With the closing of the all black Immaculate Conception Church about six blocks away and Sacred Heart Church about six blocks away in 1970, Most Holy Trinity once again was integrated with blacks in the majority at that time. Demographic changes in Augusta and the Catholic population shifted that well into the 1990’s and to this day, but there is still a very strong African American presence in the parish.
I still can’t believe how good the church looks as though no time has passed since its restoration in 1996.
I often wonder if I did not make a mistake agreeing to be transferred away in 2004. But that’s life!
Crux has these two titles side by side in today’s edition. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand the Church has to work with political leaders that do not embrace everything that the Catholic Church teaches in the areas of morality. And certainly Mussolini and Hitler might both have had some common ground with what the Catholic Church holds important on one or two issues, but....
Biden can be supported by Catholics on what he promotes that is consistent with what the Church teaches, but his promotion of abortion, euthanasia, and gender ideology deserves sanctions, such as, do not receive Holy Communion when you attend Mass. But certainly keep dialogue open with him on that which he upholds that is consistent with Church teaching, but since he is a Catholic, call him to repentance on abortion, euthanasia and gender ideology promotion and national and international enablement of these mortal sins. Dialogue with him on repentance while withholding communion from him until there are clear signs of repentance. Isn’t that one of the prophetic roles of bishops and priests who are their delegates????
Those in Spain advocating for burning priests to death (not too different than abortion) must have other things in common with what the Church teaches despite their chilling advocacy for burning priests. Biden advocates for abortion, is that not even more chilling????????
Push Crux titles for articles:
Pope Paul VI reiterated during the last year of His Holiness pontificate that women could not be ordained to Holy Orders because Jesus, the founder of the Catholic Church, knowing all things, past, present and future, did not choose women to be apostles (the 12 apostles, the first priests and bishops of the Church).
While that argument is valid, I believe it has more to do with gender dogma that only a man can be a bridegroom and Jesus is the Bridegroom of the Church and in a sacramental way, especially during the Eucharistic Prayer and specifically at the consecration, the ordained priest acts in "Persona Christi" as well as the head of the Church to make clear that Jesus is the High Priest (not priestess) and Bridegroom of the Church which is His bride.
Of course Pope Saint John Paul II raised the all male Holy Orders to the level of the Ordinary Magisterium of the Church, and thus an infallible dogma.
Pope Benedict XVI reinforced this teaching and now Pope Francis has done so throughout his papacy but in a more nuts and bolts sort of way, not clericalizing women.
The pontiff brings up the issue of women serving in the church as part of a six-page reflection on the "leading role" that women have played during the pandemic. He says that countries with women at the helm "have on the whole reacted better and more quickly than others, making decisions swiftly and communicating them with empathy."
The pope's words about women in the church are striking, as they seem to be the first time the pope has directly addressed critics who say he has not done enough to promote women to positions of authority.
Francis says he has tried to "create spaces where women can lead, but in ways that allow them to shape the culture, ensuring they are valued, respected, and recognized."
The pope says he has also focused on naming women as consultors to several Vatican congregations, "so that they can influence the Vatican while preserving their independence from it."
"Changing institutional culture is an organic process which calls for integrating, without clericalizing, the viewpoints of women," states the pope.
My Comments: On the parish level, woman are the majority on paid staffs and volunteer organizations. It is a joke to say women do not have roles in decision making. Most Catholic schools have women as principals. Parishes have women as DRE's and CRE's and most of the catechists are women. On diocesan levels, women way out number the men in paid positions.
The pope argued that the root of the sin of abuse is “failing to respect the value of a person.”
“I cannot stay silent over 30 to 40 million unborn lives cast aside every year through abortion,” the pope said. “It is painful to behold how in many regions that see themselves as developed the practice is often urged because the children to come are disabled, or unplanned. Human life is never a burden.”
The pope argued that the root of the sin of abuse is “failing to respect the value of a person.” Here, Francis connects the dots to “another abuse of power”
“A mindset has been exposed: if they can have all they want, when they want it, why not take advantage sexually of vulnerable young women? The sins of the powerful are almost always sins of entitlement, committed by people whose lack of shame and brazen arrogance are stunning.” (My comment: Think of those who enable abortion, i.e. Biden and those who have abortions and who in any way provide them).
Among other points, Francis also reiterates his familiar criticism of movements within the Church that he calls “too rigid.” Through out the history of the Church, Francis said, “groups that have ended up in heresy because of this temptation to a pride that made them feel superior to the Body of Christ.”
“Rigidity is the sign of the bad spirit concealing something,” he says in the book. “What is hidden might not be revealed for a long time, until some scandal erupts.” There have been a fair share of these groups in recent years, “movements almost always marked by their rigidity and authoritarianism,” that presented themselves as restorers of Church doctrine, but “sooner or later there’ll be some shocking revelation involving sex, money, or mind control.”
As a child, I can remember some Catholics who might come to Mass once or twice a year, at Christmas and Easter, acknowledge to their friends that they were Catholic, but not good Catholics. That’s a humble recognition of the truth and that person isn’t leading other Catholics astray by saying they are good Catholics even though they don’t attend Mass or don’t believe everything the Catholic Church teaches.
Remember, once a Catholic, always a Catholic. But some Catholics are tepid, cold or excommunicated. But they are still Catholic.
Today, we are facing a presumed President-Elect, Joseph Biden who claims that he is a “good Catholic” or a Catholic in good standing, yet he rejects non-negotiable moral teachings of the Catholic Church. He advocates for laws that allow unborn children to be murdered prior to birth and all the way up to birth and in some cases after birth, all of which are infanticide. He advocates for euthanasia and assisted suicide for the vulnerable and laws to protect that choice. He advocates for gender ideologies and the redefinition of the institution of marriage. He has presided in a legal way at a civil union ceremony of two men, euphemistically called marriage, when he was Vice President.
The presumed President Elect is not a good Catholic. In fact many are advocating that he be refused the reception of Holy Communion when he attends Mass. Just as Catholics once prayed for the conversion of Russia, we must now pray for the “reconversion” of Joe Biden. He is not a good Catholic any claims by him notwithstanding. He cannot be allowed to create more moral division in the Catholic Church, a further loss of a true Catholic identity or to divide and conquer the Catholic Church for his political gain.
I saw this photo on Facebook:
Yes, because of Covid-19 depression, the retail season and Lifetime and other media’s playing of Christmas music, Christmas movies and people are encouraged to put up their Christmas decorations early in November if not in October. What bunk! It’s a dang shame!
I have a novel idea that bucks this dictatorship: