Thursday, October 4, 2012
OKAY, LET'S GO OVER THIS ONE MORE TIME, THE HOLY FATHER HAS REITERATED THAT EXPERTS CAN'T MANUFACTURE THE LITURGY: I.E. POPE PAUL VI AND HIS CONCILIUM--THAT'S WHAT IS RADICAL ABOUT POPE BENEDICT'S CRITQUE OF MANUFACTURED LITURGIES
What is radical about what the Pope said and has been saying, even before becoming pope is that you can't manufacture the Liturgy. I think he is speaking of Bishop Annibale Bugnini and friends and even of Pope Paul VI--that's the bombshell and what this cadre of well-intentioned pastors did was to open the door to more tinkering and manufacturing by the unwashed masses of both clergy and laity in the post-Vatican II Church, including yours truly in the 1980's, but I wasn't alone!
I think we are hearing rumblings from high places, like the pope, Cardinal Burke and others in the Curia which are words of preparation for other bishops and the laity that a third Roman Missal is being developed which will be more like the Tridentine Mass in Order and style, (chant being a big part of this reform) and that what we will see with the Tridentine Mass is what the Council actually suggested, noble simplicity that has to be viewed in light of what occurred in the 20th century prior to the Council, leading to the 1962 missal; a bit more vernacular, especially for the Scriptures and changing parts of the Mass, eliminating useless repetition, i.e three confiteors to one, three "Lord, I am not worthy, to one and the duplication of the priest's Communion Rite and the Communion Rite of the laity. It also called for the more lavish use of Scripture and despite what some say about the revised lectionary, it is, I believe, precisely what the Council envision, although that doesn't mean that the revised lectionary can't be revised again.
So what, in my clairvoyant view will the true to the Council's vision of the Tridentine Mass be? It will be the Tridentine Rite with its rubrics and the following for the Mass itself: Read on:
I. The Prayers at the Foot of the altar will be recited quietly by the priest and ministers as their preparation to enter the "holy of holies." The double confiteor will be eliminated and priest and ministers will say the one together and the priest will offer in the "us" voice the absolutions. But while private, it will be public for all to see as the official Introit in chanted in Gregorian melody in either Latin or the vernacular with the laity encourage to chant the Introit's antiphon as in Responsorial fashion. Hymns may not be substituted.
II. After the prayers at the Foot of the Altar, the priest ascends the altar saying his private prayers and then incenses the altar and goes to his chair. When the Introit is concluded, the Kyrie is chanted in Greek, the Gloria in Latin and the Collect in Latin or the Vernacular.
III. The Liturgy of the Word will be as it is now in the Ordinary Form but the Gradual will be an option along with the Responsorial Psalm and the revised Lectionary will be used.
IV. The Offertory will be the Tridentine's Rite, except the "offerings" may be brought up in procession after the Credo is chanted in Latin and a brief "Universal Litany" is offered, but prescribed from the missal with no more than four options. After the official Offertory Antiphon is chanted, an additional anthem or congregational hymn may be sung
V. After the Orate Fratres in Latin or the vernacular is said, the Secret is chanted in Latin or the vernacular in a audible voice.
VII. The Preface is chanted in Latin or the vernacular.
VIII. The Sanctus and Benedictus are sung as a whole with the "Sign of the Cross" as the Benedictus is chanted.
IX. The Eucharistic Prayer is chanted or spoken. Beginning with the Epiclesis through both consecrations, a low voice is used if spoken, but the option of chanting these is also possible even if the rest of the Eucharistic Prayer in spoken aloud.
X. The Rite of Holy Communion is the Tridentine's Rite with the exception of it being prayed in chanted or spoken form in Latin or the Vernacular beginning with the Pater Noster. However, the duplication of the priest and laity's communion rites is elimated and the "Lord I am not worthy" is recited once only. This means that after the priest's private prayers of receiving Holy Communion are completed, he turns to the congregation, after genuflecting for the "Ecce Agnus Dei" and then turns back to the altar to receive Holy Communion himself first and then distributes Holy Communion to the ministers and congregation as the Communion Antiphon is chanted and any additional hymns for the congregation. After Holy Communion, all singing comes to an end for silent meditation and then the Prayer After Holy Communion from the chair.
XI. announcements and acknowledgements are then made.
X. The Ordinary Form's Blessing and dismissal occurs.
XI. The recessional may be accompanied by instrumental organ or congregational hymns