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".

5 comments:

Henry Edwards said...

The "logic of development in continuity" is not to interrupt the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for an extraneous rite or ceremony.

The next step in continuity should be eschew the "sacramental rite" dodge and no longer permit it to be interrupted for baptism, confirmation, matrimony, anointing of the sick either.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Henry, I'm beginning to reassess what I was taught about adding other sacraments to the Mass itself. Obviously in the EF Mass, Nuptial are a prelude to the Mass. I'm not sure that a baptism of a child had such a prelude, but nothing would stop that. The same for Confirmation, why is is sandwiched in the Mass. I guess ordinations too?

It seems that the only Liturgy that having three sacraments at once should be allowed is the Easter Vigil as technically the Vigil isn't a Mass, including the baptism and Confirmation, the Mass begins with the Liturgy of the Eucharist and preferably after midnight.

rcg said...

Henry, EXACTLY! This is also the cause of the terrible music, or even beautiful music, that is essentially and interruption of the Mass for a performance. This applies to interminable hand holding for prayers, hand shaking, dancers, and every other diversion. This is precious time and we are behaving like self absorbed children in the few moments our Father wants to speak to us.

Henry Edwards said...

So far as I know, baptism has never been associated with EF Mass--either preceding or during--not even the Easter Mass. I have never seen EF baptism except as a separate ceremony--neither preceding, during, or following a Mass in continuity with it. Though typically in an EF parish, monthly baptisms are scheduled at a time that happens to fairly closely follow a Mass.

In the EF Easter liturgy, blessing of the baptismal water and renewal of baptismal vows occurs at the end of the Vigil per se, before the beginning of the actual Easter Mass. But I'm unaware of actual baptism of catechumens in the EF Holy Saturday Vigil

Confirmation sometimes precedes an EF Mass, but never occurs during it (and not at Easter either).

Whereas the traditional EF ritual does specify that ordination take place within the ordination Mass--the first part with conferral of power to offer sacrifice before the offertory, the second part with conferral of power to forgive sins after communion.

Henry Edwards said...

Incidentally, I see from the booklet

http://www.vatican.va/news_services/liturgy/libretti/2012/20120629.pdf

for this papal Mass, which will be broadcast by EWTN at 3 am and 5:30 pm on Friday, that the Gloria and Credo will be in sacred polyphony (Palestrina's Missa Papae Marcelli), while the Kyrie, Sanctus, and Agnus will be Gregorian chant (Missa de Angelis). I look forward to this, partly because even when some of the Ordinary at a papal Mass is sacred polyphony, the credo (the most complex part) usually defaults to the simple and familiar Credo III.