Saturday, March 30, 2013

PRAY THAT POPE FRANCIS KEEPS HIS MASTER OF CEREMONIES, MSGR. MARINI! THE PAPAL LITURGIES FROM THE INSTALLATION TO PALM SUNDAY TO THE CHRISM MASS AND THE GOOD FRIDAY LITURGY HAVE BEEN STUNNING AND IT ALL AS TO DO WITH POPE BENEDICT AND THE M.C. HE CHOSE, MSGR. MARINI--HE IS PROVING HIS WORTH TO THIS NEW POPE!

Please note that some of the cardinals venerating the cross are wearing lace (passive aggressives?)

And please note the lovely papal throne, unchanged from the previous pontificate:

And here is continuity with the previous pontificate's outside Way of the Cross at the Coliseum. Please note the stunning white papal coat that Pope Francis wears, another sign of the hermeneutic of continuity!

And here you can read an excellent article by Jeffrey Tucker of the Chant Cafe Blog (who taught here at St. Joseph Church during the Winter Chant Intensive, and a great teacher he is!) Press these sentences to go to: The Pope, the Media, and the Endless Nonsense.

6 comments:

JBS Was Here said...

Thanks for sharing the link to Tucker's post. Even from my unsettled state I found the post somewhat settling.
As for the Sacred Washing of women's feet, having frequently offered liturgical rites in jails, trailer parks, and other "marginal" places--out of a sense of pastoral duty, rather than out of some imagined humility or simplicity on my part--I will admit that charity does sometimes demand a little liturgical flexibility in those exceptional circumstances.
Other than saying that, my only other comment would be that the Roman Mass, Ritual and Office are all tied in a unique way to the Bishop of Rome. The Eastern liturgical rites, and even the few other liturgical traditions of the Latin Church, depend little upon the liturgical practice of the Roman pope. Therefore, to suggest that a Bishop of Rome who chooses not sing his parts of the Mass (I say "chooses" because everyone is capable of singing the simpler Gregorian chants), not to wear the simpler Roman chasubles, not to promote the humility of the ad orientem posture, etc., will have no effect upon the Roman liturgy celebrated elsewhere, just seems naïve to me.

WAFMC said...

I will definitely heed your call to pray that Msgr. Marini be retained as Papal MC.

Joseph Johnson said...

I believe that name for those long, peak-lapelled overcoats (to be worn by clergy over the cassock) is the "greca." Naturally, there is also a black version of these coats for wear by priests over their black cassocks.

The other option would be the big red cape for the Pope (John Paul II frequently wore this) or a similar plain black one for priests (my pastor has one which I have seen him wear on very cold days). The greca and the cape are purely functional clerical overgarments.

Pater Ignotus said...

Borrowed from Fr. Zed's blog:

"That said- this is still an object lesson in Why No One Likes the Trads. These are the tendencies, observed over decades, that we need to work on if we are to attract others to the EF. (Tendencies, I said. Not everyone of us does this. So shoe, foot.)
1) We tend to see everything through a personal lens and to analyse all things Churchly only as it affects us. Forgetting/ignoring that there are umpty million other Catholics in the world, with their own concerns.
2) We tend to think that we are better catechized and formed than we actually are.
3) We tend to conflate what, for want of a better term, I call “Twilight Zone” spirituality with true mysticism.
4) We sometimes act as though every OF Mass attendee is a deliberate enemy, rather than a fellow Catholic often a victim of circumstances beyond their control.
5) We tend to have the Gift of Grudge, which is fatal to sanctification.
6) We tend, in our zeal and enthusiasm, to exaggerate and to make subjective statements as if they were facts. The EF is not a panacea.
7) We tend to be big drama queens, generating more heat than light.
8) We tend to be very good at excusing our own behavior, but not extending the same benevolence to others. A general human failing, yes, but especially prevalent among us.

Gregorian Mass said...

If the Pope has little to no interest in liturgy and wants to focus his energies elsewhere I don't understand why he does not entrust that completely to the MC Marini. The Papal Ceremonies are supposed to be the bar excellance that everyone reaches for even if they can not achieve that because of the usual limitations and capabilities of each parish. People tune in and are moved by those events on TV and even if they can not have them in their own parish those liturgies are theirs. Eternally we are all connected to Rome. It is our Church from which those exemplary liturgies stem. Papal liturgy should be stable and not with "personal style" but with "Papal Style" above that of being personalized. Every parish has their own stylized liturgies to some extent.

Alejo said...

The Masses have been beautiful but has anyone noticed that the Pope has been using the same two vestments? I used to watch Benedict's Masses for the beauty and would then read the homily. I know watch papal liturgies to hear the homily and see if the vestments are different. So far they're always the same two plain white and red.