Thursday, May 3, 2012
HE DIDN'T HAVE A CLUE UNTIL HE WAS IN COLLEGE THAT THE MASS WAS ALSO A SACRIFICE
Did the Second Vatican Council really want to diminish the tradition, orthodox and good liturgical piety that existed in the Church up until that time? (I'm not talking about the uneducated Masses here whose piety bordered on superstition, but educated laity who understood the pre-Vatican II Mass and what they should be doing).
Bishop Alexander Sample states in his interview on the post below this one that he was clueless about the sacrificial aspect of the Mass until he got into college. He was born in 1960, so his formation was in the silliest period of liturgical renewal in the late 1960's and 1970's (the '70's was the worst, absolutely!).
There is something very beautiful about the liturgical piety of the pre-Vatican II Church and the what the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is recovering. What I personally don't like is that the laity at the EF Mass don't seem to verbally participate as I would like for them to do. Of course in my parish we only have the High Mass in the EF way of things once a month, so catechesis on this is somewhat difficult. But even our Tuesday Low Mass I seldom hear anyone participating from the pews. Yet they are pious and are there because they believe what is occurring at the Mass, that it doesn't hinge on them and their verbal participation. I don't think any of the congregation behind me is superstitious.
And those who do attend our EF Masses have yet (for the most part) acquired their own missal to follow the Mass. Having a missal is an absolute requirement. We provide worship aids for this Mass, but these are less then ideal and don't have the changing parts which is why a missal is so necessary.
I would like for the EF congregation to participate and verbally so and there is no reason why they shouldn't. But they need to work at it.
Of course all of this would be solved if the EF Mass could be celebrated in English. I'm an strong advocate of that and I think you would then see an amazing renewal of traditional liturgical piety in the Church.