Wednesday, June 27, 2012
THE HERMENUTIC OF CONTINUITY AND MORE TINKERING WITH EPISCOPAL LITURGIES AT THE VATICAN!
My Comment first: This is brick by pallium brick in terms of the renewal of the liturgy by "following a logic of development in continuity!" I love that phrase! The names of the archbishops will be called prior to the procession, and the imposition of the pallium from what I can tell will be at the beginning of Mass, kind of like a prelude from what I can tell, and not unlike the Rite of Sprinkling of Holy Water in the Extraordinary Form. Or it might take place in place of the penitential act or after the greeting but not replacing the Penitential Act. We'll have to watch to see.
But this all reminds me of our 12:10 PM Mass for St. John the Baptist this past Sunday, by that I mean, the "following a logic o development in continuity" whereby we had an Extraordinary Form Rite of Sprinkling Holy Water as a prelude to the Mass (certainly not a part of it as that would not have been kosher) and we celebrated the Liturgy of the Eucharist Ad Orientem and allow people now to kneel for Holy Communion if they so choose to do so. In fact we make the following disclaimer: "The norm in the United States is to stand to receive Holy Communion, the exception is to kneel to receive Holy Communion, both ways are allowed but the choice is yours."
With the Holy See, I can say of last Sunday's Mass in continuity that:
Things remained substantially the same, but last Sunday, following a logic of development in continuity, it was decided simply to move the Rite of Sprinkling to before the Mass using the EF Form of the rite itself and to offer the Liturgy of the Eucharist Ad Orientem according to the most venerable and longstanding tradition of the Church in both the east and the west.
Vatican City, 27 June 2012 (VIS)
- The Holy See Press Office today issued a note explaining the new form of the rite for imposing the pallium on metropolitan archbishops, which takes place annually on 29 June, Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul Apostles.
"Things will remain substantially the same", the note reads, "but this year, following a logic of development in continuity, it has been decided simply to move the rite itself, and it will now take place before the Eucharistic celebration.
"The modification has been approved by the Holy Father and is motivated by the following reasons:
"1. To make the rite shorter. The list of new metropolitan archbishops will be read out immediately before the entry of the opening procession and the singing of 'Tu es Petrus', and it will not be part of the celebration. The rite of the palliums will take place as soon as the Holy Father reaches the altar.
"2. To ensure that the Eucharistic celebration is not 'interrupted' by a relatively long rite (the number of metropolitan archbishops now stands at around forty-five each year), which could make attentive and focused participation in the Mass more difficult.
"3. To make the rite of imposing the pallium more in keeping with the 'Cerimoniale Episcoporum', and to avoid the possibility that, by coming after the homily (as happened in the past), it may be thought of as a Sacramental rite. Indeed, the rites which take place during a Eucharistic celebration following the homily are normally Sacramental rites: Baptism, Confirmation, Ordination, Matrimony, Anointing of the Sick. The imposition of the pallium, on the other hand, is not Sacramental in nature".