Friday, August 31, 2012
OKAY, LET'S GO OVER THIS ONE MORE TIME, WHAT THE IDEAL REFORM OF THE REFORM OF THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS WILL LOOK LIKE WITHOUT REVAMPING IT ALTOGHER OR DUMPING IT FOR THE EF ONLY, SINCE THAT AIN'T GOING TO HAPPEN
Let's count on the Extraordinary Form of the Mass being the Extraordinary Form of the Mass with all the ramifications of the meaning of the word "extraordinary" or "out of the ordinary." Don't touch it, let it be.
Now, what does a true reform of the Extraordinary Form look like which takes into account what was given to us in 1970, revised numerous times over the years, with a major revision in 2002 and a well received vernacular revision in 2011/12.
My presumption is that the 2002 Roman Missal will not change dramatically. I won't go into issues of the ratio of Latin to vernacular there should be. I'll simply go into the form of the Mass.
The Introductory Rite:
1. The Introit is the Entrance Chant, no substitutions. This is radical folks! The altar is reverenced and incensed and the priest returns to the foot of the altar.
Since in the EF Sung Mass, the Prayers at the Foot of the altar are seen as clerical and not properly belonging to the laity, I don't recommend their return to the Mass proper. Perhaps these should be required prior to the entrance of the priests and servers as their prayer before Mass. Many today do some banal, off the cuff prayers with the servers so why not do the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar with them prior to leaving the sacristy and prescribe it.
2. The Penitential Act at the Foot of the Altar, ad orientem.
a. The sign of the Cross
b. Priest: I will go to the altar of God; All: The God who is the joy of my youth.
C. All: Confiteor
D. Priest: Absolution; All: Amen
E. Priest: I will go to the altar of God...
3. The priest ascends to go his chair for the Kyrie, Gloria and Collect with "The Lord be with you" and its response prior to the Collect.
4. The Liturgy of the Word as usual with the homily.
5. The Credo and Universal Prayers at the chair.
6. The Offertory Antiphon and the Offertory ad orientem using the EF's Offertory prayers and the Liturgy of the Eucharist Ad Orientem
7. The Communion rite as in the Ordinary Form with the Communion Antiphon beginning as the priest receives Holy Communion
8. The reception of Holy Communion, kneeling and by intinction
9. The Post Communion prayer, announcements and blessing and dismissal at the chair