Monday, June 4, 2012
SHOULD I SHARE THE ANTIPATHY SO MANY HAVE FOR THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE ANCIENT MASS?
As I've posted before I love the vernacular Mass but wonder why some Latin wasn't mandated to be maintained for the revised Ancient Mass (RAM). I like too that there is a clear desire on the part of the Church that the laity participate in the parts of the Mass that belong to them which was symbolically taken by the altar boys in the Unrevised Ancient Mass (UAM).
I like some (not all) idioms of newer music and chants in the vernacular.
I love the RAM's lectionary. I like the UAM's one year Sunday lectionary, but I don't think it is enough--I wish it could be implemented as an additional year such as "d" and we'd here it again every four years.
I have absolutely no problem with well trained altar boys and girls and lay men and women as lectors.
I loved the priest facing the congregation initially, but now see how this has corrupted the nature of prayer and worship when it is perceived that the priest is praying toward the laity rather than praying with them toward God.
I have never liked standing for Holy Communion or receiving in the hand. I have only intellectually appropriated that in my personal life but not emotionally. I clearly remember as a 20 something when our local parish went from kneeling to standing that I simply did not like it as well and seemed to rush the moment of Holy Communion.
As a priest I have seen the abuse of the Holy Eucharist by those who have taken the host from the church, back to the pew or discarded on the floor or shared it with others when they receive in the hand. I have seen children take the host casually, their hands a moving target for the minister and loss of the traditional piety of the Church for the Holy Eucharist.
I don't like the common chalice because of germ concerns. It creates a "yuk" factor for me and I refuse to drink the ablutions of a chalice that has been used by more than 2 people! I have seen many abuses with the chalice from one person consuming the entire contents of the full chalice to chewing gum dropped in the chalice from the mouth of the communicant to self-intinction.
A recovery of the sense of the sacred when it comes to ad orientem and kneeling for Holy Communion can easily be recovered in the RAM.
I would like to see some revision to the UAM--more vernacular for the parts of the Mass that change, such as the collect, prayer after Holy Communion and the Preface, all the prayers that are out loud, including the Prayers at the Foot of the altar.
In terms of the RAM, and after having celebrated the Rite of Sprinkling throughout the Easter Season, I find the long prayer of blessing the Holy Water tedious and I don't think it needs to be blessed during the Mass. I much prefer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass's form of the the Rite of Sprinkling Holy Water.
I like the vernacular, I like the revised Ancient Mass and I like the Extraordinary Form but recommend some revisions to both.