UPDATE THE FULL VIDEO!!!!
My Comments First: In an earlier post, I declared that the rupture between the manner in which the Ordinary Form of the Sung Mass is celebrated in most parishes today with how the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is sung is so great that if a person who is about 40 and a practicing Catholics all their life, went to an EF Sung (High) Mass for the first time, they would probably think they had entered a Hindu Temple so different is the EF celebration of the Mass compared to what that person would have experienced all his life by attending the OF Mass as celebrated today. Did Vatican II's document on the Liturgy really envision that kind of rupture? No! I don't think Pope Paul VI envision that sort of rupture either. But the unbridled liberal "spirit of Vatican II" did foresee such a rupture and placed a gigantic wedge between what preceded Vatican II and what came after through a progressive theology gone bizerk.
In the letter from Archbishop Wenski's secretary inviting the priests of the archdiocese to attend this "historic" celebration, it states Archbishop Wenski's hope of mutual enrichment between the two forms of the one Roman Rite. "By becoming more familiar with and deeply rooted in the Mass of the 1962 Missale Romanum, we can better understand the Missale Romanum of Pope Paul VI and its accompanying ars celebrandi" [art of celebrating the Mass of Paul VI].
The good archbishop is correct. Only by going to the Mass that is meant to be the very foundation of the revised Mass promulgated by Pope Paul VI and revised by Pope John Paul II in 2003 (Latin Version)and the revised English version in 2011, can we truly appreciate how to celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass.
What is the "ars celebrandi" of the Ordinary Form of the Mass taken directly from its foundation the Extraordinary Form? I list what it has done for me:
1. Attention to detail and choreography--there is no reason not to choreograph the OF Mass in the same manner as the EF Mass in terms of movements, especially those of the altar servers. There is no reason not to have beautiful vestments for priests, deacons and altar servers that are sumptuous in their noble simplicity.
2. Good liturgical music base upon Gregorian Chant and singing all the propers including the Introit and offertory and Communion antiphons and a genre of music added as filler and for devotional purposes that are within the same sort of chant genre even if with melody and/or polyphony or even more extravagant.
3. The priest paying close attention to all the simplified rubrics of the OF Mass and following them scrupulously.
4. The Benedictine altar arrangement for facing the people or a consistent celebrating of the OF Mass Ad Orientem.
5. Some Latin added to the vernacular--this really needs legislation though. The new Roman Missal in English clearly desires the following to be known by congregations in Latin as these are the only prayers in Latin in this new Missal: the Kyrie (which is Greek); the Sanctus; the Pater Noster (not ignotus) and the Agnus Dei.
What would the EF Mass benefit from the OF Mass?
1. The Liturgy of the Word as it is celebrated in the OF Mass but allowing for the Gradual which is actually allowed in the OF Mass (but how many have ever heard that apart from Pope Benedict's Christmas Mass?)
2. Some vernacular (specifically for the readings of Scripture, but also for some of the laity's parts, i.e prayers at the foot of the altar (which are more devotional in nature rather than liturgical) and perhaps the Gloria and Credo, but in chant fashion when sung and perhaps the changing parts of the Mass that the priest prays or the choir sings, like the Introit, Offertory and Communion antiphons and the Collect, Secret and Post Communion Prayers--all that remains fixed (including the Canon) would remain in Latin.
3. I would recommend the 1965 Missal Order of the EF Mass which eliminate the Last Gospel, makes as the norm, the "Requiem" Prayers at the Foot of the Altar and allows for an audible Roman Canon synchronized with the choir (the priest joins in singing the parts of the Mass with the choir and congregation, rather than being on a separate track saying the Mass quietly as the choir sings their own separately.
(On Second thought, what I suggest for the EF Mass, should in fact become the New Roman Missal for everyone!)
The celebration of a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite for
the feast of Candlemas will be celebrated by Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski on February 2nd
at 7:30pm at the Church of the Epiphany. All priests are welcome to attend.
This wonderful celebration is an opportunity to experience beautiful music in its intended
spiritual setting, but also to be immersed in the rich symbolism of the Tridentine Mass. It is
the Archbishop’s hope that this event will serve as a means for “mutual enrichment,” as
Pope Benedict XVI has noted, between the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms of the
Roman Rite. By becoming more familiar with and deeply rooted in the Mass of the 1962
Missale Romanum, we can better understand the Missale Romanum of Pope Paul VI and its
accompanying ars celebrandi. Attached you will find instructions for Clergy.
Fr. Richard J. Vigoa
Priest Secretary to the Archbishop of Miami
This video is from a local newscast, yes, it made the local news! Listen to the newscaster introducing the piece--he can hardly believe that the Mass is celebrated in LATIN! Horror of horrors!
BY THE WAY, THE MASS IN THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM FOR SEPTUAGESIMA IS CELEBRATED TODAY, FEBRUARY 5 AT 2:00 pm AS A HIGH MASS, VIOLET VESTMENTS! WILL WE GET A PACKED CHURCH?
AND NEXT SUNDAY FATHER DAWID WILL CELEBRATE A EF LOW MASS FOR SEXAGESIMA AT 2:00 PM AS A KICK OFF FOR OUR NEW YOUNG ADULT MINISTRY FOLLOWING THE MASS, BUT ALL ARE INVITED TO THE MASS.