Sunday, March 18, 2012
THIS IS REALLY GO TO DRIVE PROGRESSIVE LITURGISTS CRAZY, THAT'S WHAT MAKES IT SO DELICIOUS!
But this is what is so delicious: IT IS GOING TO BE IN THE ORDINARY FORM BUT A "REFORM OF THE REFORM" ORDINARY FORM MASS! Just what does this mean? Read on!
1. As you know in the Ordinary Form of the Mass vernacular is allowed but Vatican II asked that Latin be preserved, so our Mass will be in the vernacular except for our choir singing the Schubert Mass in G. The Kyrie will be in Greek (the only Greek in the Liturgy in the Latin Rite). Then the following will be in Latin: Gloria, Credo, Sanctus/Benedictus, and Agnus Dei. Of course the only Hebrew in the Latin Rite Mass is the "amen."
2. This will really drive progressive liturgical musicians wild! As you know the Church allows for the Ordinary Form Mass several options for the Introit (Entrance Chant), the Offertory and Communion chants (antiphons). Usually progressives have a disdain for the official texts that each Mass actually have. (I bet the majority of Catholics don't know that!) Now this is really delicious. What we are singing on our feast day Monday are the official chants for the Introit, Offertory and Communion. But wait, it gets better, we're chanting them in Latin. But that's not the best of it. Since the Ordinary Form allows for so many singing options for these parts of the Ordinary Form Mass, we are using the chants from the Extraordinary Form Mass for St. Joseph and in the style that the Extraordinary Form Mass has for the singing of these. And there will not be additional metrical hymns or anthem at the Introit and Offertory, although there will be a congregational antiphon in English at the Holy Communion Procession.
3. Now this will really drive progressive "spirit of Vatican II" liturgists crazy: The Mass on Monday will be celebrated Ad Orientem!
4. Now this is really going to be radical! Put on your seat belts. We will celebrate the Liturgy of the Word as it is meant to be in the Ordinary Form using the Ordinary Form Lectionary and we will have two female lectors (which is a great poke in the eye to liturgical misogynists) coming from the congregation to read the First and Second Lessons but they will be wearing veils (which is a great poke in the eye to liturgical progressives)! But this is what will set progressive liturgist's teeth on edge:
We are replacing the Responsorial Psalm with the Gradual of the Extraordinary Form's Mass for St. Joseph and we are replacing the Lenten Gospel Acclamation with the Tract from the Extraordinary Form, both of course chanted in Latin! Yes, you read that correctly! This will be the first time for me since Responsorial Psalms and Gospel Acclamations made their debut at the Mass that I will have heard the Gradual and Tract at an Ordinary Form Mass. And do you know what? It is perfectly liturgically legal. In fact at Christmas Pope Benedict allowed the Gradual at the Midnight Mass in place of the Responsorial Psalm. (The Tract is only for Lent).
5. But this is not the half of it. Father Dawid Kwiatkowski will dress as the deacon of the Mass and will chant the Gospel in English (keep in mind he's Polish)! Deacon Don Coates will take the part of the sub-deacon although that role is suppressed, so he'll actually be the Deacon of the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
6. Now Tridentinists won't like this and this makes it all the more delicious: I'll be chanting not only the Preface for Saint Joseph, but also and entirely Eucharistic Prayer II, yes, you heard that 1962 fanatics, Eucharistic Prayer II, chanted! Oh, and by the way, Eucharistic Prayer II is more ancient than the Roman Canon, or Eucharistic Prayer I.
7. But hold on tight! The distribution of Holy Communion will offer two options that one seldom experiences at the Ordinary Form of the Mass. The two center stations will have Holy Communion by Intinction. Kneelers will be in front of the Priests distributing with the option of kneeling for Holy Communion. I wonder how many will kneel when given a comfortable option? I'll report back. At the side aisles, Holy Communion without intinction will be distributed allowing for the option of Holy Communion in the hand, but kneelers will still be provided for the option of kneeling. Time will tell how many choose kneeling and standing.
8. Of course in both the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and the Ordinary Form of the Mass, a recessional hymn is not mentioned but is allowed. We'll recess to the hymn of Saint Joseph in our hymnal, "O Joseph, Mighty Patron."
The Schubert Mass in G is very spirited. This isn't our choir but ours will sound like this for the following parts of the Mass. We have two outstanding soloists for solo parts, one of whom is a male professional opera singer, Mr. Beau Palmer:
The Greek Kyrie:
The Agnus Dei:
BUT DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT WILL DRIVE PROGRESSIVE LITURGISTS CRAZY TO THE INSANE ASYLUM? WE'LL SING THE SCHUBERT MASS IN G AGAIN A WEEK FROM MONDAY, ON MARCH 26 FOR THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY AS AN EXTRAORDINARY FORM SOLEMN SUNG MASS, WITH DEACON AND SUB-DEACON! YES, YOU READ THAT RIGHT, BRING THE MEN IN THE WHITE JACKETS WITH THEIR STRAIT JACKETS! AND NO, SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH IS NOT IN A NEO-SCHISM LIKE THE SSPX, NOR ARE WE SUSPENDED, YET THAT IS! WE ARE A POST VATICAN II PARISH, BUT WITH THE HERMENEUTIC OF CONTINUITY NOT RUPTURE BETWEEN THE CHURCH PRIOR TO POPE BENEDICT XVI AND WITH POPE BENEDICT XVI AND HOPEFULLY AFTER POPE BENEDICT XVI! LONG LIVE THE POPE!
And yes, I will post pictures of both Masses eventually and the Saint Joseph Mass will be videoed and placed on YouTube and my blog!
Finally, my prayer is that any and all that we do above at St. Joseph will one day not be a poke in the eye to anyone, progressive or traditionalist, but naturally accepted by Catholics, who have overcome labels except the Catholic label, as how the Church worships in the new era of the Post Vatican II Church, the "Benedictine Era!"