The Ordinary Form "Rite of Sprinkling:"
Read MY article to the end and then answer for me the question I pose about the ASPERGES!
Is the "Rite for the Blessing and Sprinkling of Water" in the Ordinary Form of the Mass universally celebrated in the place of the Penitential Act of Mass or can it still be celebrated as a "Prelude" to Mass as in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass? I sincerely ask this question.
The reason I ask the question is because of something that is very new in our very new English Roman Missal. The Rite of Sprinkling is no longer in the main body of the Order of Mass in the Roman Missal, but to be found in its appendix! The rubric indicated there says the following:
"If this rite is celebrated during Mass, it takes the place of the usual penitential Act at the beginning of Mass."
Maybe I'm being too liberal in interpreting two things here; first that this rite is now in the appendix of the Missal and second, "if the rite is celebrated during Mass" which implies it could be celebrated before Mass or as a separate ceremony. If so, it would imply that one could do the reformed rite of sprinkling wearing a cope as a prelude to the Ordinary Form Mass as it is done in the Extraordinary Form since in the EF the Asperges is clearly separate from the Mass, it is preludal.
But herein lies the rub. The Rite of Sprinkling in the Ordinary Form of the Mass is wordy and pedantic compared to the Asperges in the Extraordinary Form's prelude to the Mass.
In the Ordinary Form, the priest has a long introduction to the rite which is in effect a catechesis of what will take place and why! Is that necessary? No! Not during the Liturgy, but it would be good in a classroom or sermon.
Then the water is blessed in front of everyone in a rather long, pedantic prayer, which is okay, but is that really necessary, can't that be skipped and Holy Water blessed at another time, for example during the Easter Season, Holy Water consecrated at the Vigil of Easter used instead or water blessed in the sacristy?
Apart from the prescribed chants that are taken from the EF Form of sprinkling, again the new missal allows for other chants--big mistake!
Then there is an absolution following the sprinkling, similar to what is said after the Penitential Act. The Gloria is then chanted.
In the EF Asperges which is a prelude to Mass, not a part of the Mass, the priest simply arrives at the altar with the server carrying the already blessed Holy Water. Then he kneels (during the Easter Season he stands with Vidi Aquam chanted)blesses the altar and himself (a purification before Mass of both) and chants the opening words of the Asperges and the schola takes it up as the priest sprinkles (purifies) the people prior to the beginning of Mass. When the priest returns the priest and congregation chant the concluding sentences alternately with the priests concluding chanted prayer (not an absolution):
Hear us, O holy Lord, Almighty Father, everlasting God, and vouchsafe to send Thy holy Angel from heaven, to guard, cherish, protect, visit and defend all that are assembled in this place: Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
MY QUESTION FINALLY: SINCE THE EF MASS IS NOW ALLOWED, THAT MEANS THAT THE ASPERGES IN THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM IS ALLOWED AGAIN. IN THE EF THE ASPERGES IS NOT A PART OF THE MASS, IT IS THE PRELUDE TO THE MASS, THUS A SEPARATE CEREMONY OR RITE.
THE SAME HOLDS TRUE FOR THE ORDINARY FORM "RITE OF SPRINKLING." IT IS NOW FOUND IN THE APPENDIX OF THE ROMAN MISSAL AND BEING PLACED THERE ALONG WITH ITS RUBRIC "IF THE RITE IS CELEBRATED DURING MASS..." WHICH BOTH IMPLY THAT IT CAN BE USED AS A RITE OR CEREMONY THAT IS INDEPENDENT OF THE MASS, ALTHOUGH IN THE OF MASS, IT CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF THE USUAL PENITENTIAL ACT, IS SO DESIRED.
SO HERE COMES MY ACTUAL QUESTION. SINCE THE ASPERGES IN BOTH THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM AND THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM ARE OR CAN BE INDEPENDENT RITES OR CEREMONIES, COULD ONE CELEBRATE THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM'S ASPERGES AS A PRELUDE TO THE ORDINARY FORM MASS? IF SO, WHY? AND IF NOT, WHY?
For example, we have all kinds of musical preludes to the Ordinary Form of the Mass. And at Christmas, a Christmas Pageant with scripture readings can be a prelude to Mass. Why not the traditional Asperges in the Extraordinary Form as a prelude to Mass? Just asking!