Tuesday, March 19, 2013

TWO CHANGES IN PAPAL INSTALLATION AS IT BEGINS AND I POST AS I SEE IT HAPPEN!




1. NO PROCESSION OF GIFTS!!!

2. THE POPE WILL NOT DISTRIBUTE HOLY COMMUNION!!! Perhaps the Holy Father doesn't want people to think that receiving from him is better than anyone else? We need to hear from him why there is no procession of gifts and he doesn't distribute Holy Communion.

BENEDICTINE ALTAR ARRANGEMENT BUT CANDLES MORE ANGLED TO SIDES OF ALTAR, VERY NICELY, AND WHICH I THINK IS A VERY GOOD MOVE, CRUCIFIX DEAD CENTER WITH BISHOP'S CANDLE BEHIND IT!

The pope is wearing simple matching chasuble with the matching miter he wore at the Sistine chapel! The Eastern Rite and Orthodox will have to become the model for us more traditionally minded vestment likers and they are wearing crowns not miters. The tiara would have had special significance for them in healing the Great Schism?

No lace for anyone! However, the Holy Father's alb has a nice lace-like insert at the bottom.

I don't think the Holy Father is wearing French Cuffs and cuff links as he did on the Loggia the night of his election. It appears to be a long sleeve white shirt with button cuffs.

The choirs are magnificent as is the music!!!! Thank you Your Holiness, Benedict XVI, Pontiff Emeritus!

Same outside throne!

The pallium is the same as Benedict's and the ring is quite nice!

BOMBSHELL: The readings are in two different locations! The Epistle side for the Old Testament, Responsorial Psalm (chanted by a young chorister boy) and Epistle!

The Greek Catholic Deacon wears a horrible dalmatic of the Easter Rite, but with brown to match the pope's interesting vestments.

There will not be a reading of the Gospel in Latin by a Latin Rite deacon, only by the Byzantine Deacon in Greek. I like that there aren't two readings and this shows forth our unity I think a bit better.

Franciscans are the acolytes of the Mass wearing their foot gear, cool!

The Gospel is chanted in Greek from the Gospel side of the altar!

There are no lavish flowers. The Holy Father preaches the homily standing and at a podium without the miter. A podium is brought to the chair for him to do so! He has his homily written out.

Homily: We must respond to God's call as St. Joseph did. We must protect Christ in our lives. We must be protectors and protect all creation and all of us, no matter whom, must do this. We must respect God's creatures and the environment, protecting people, especially children, the elderly and those in need, those whom we last think about. There is a kind of catechesis on the family and protecting one another in trust, respect and goodness.

In the end, everything is entrusted to our protection and all of us are responsible for it! Be protectors of God's gifts.

Failure to do so in all areas, people and creation, the way is open to destruction and hearts are hardened.

All those in positions of power, in government and economy, let us be protectors of creation, of God's plan inscribed in NATURE for the environment and one another.

We must not be afraid of goodness or tenderness and we must be like St. Joseph!

Peter has a certain power, what sort of power does the pope have? Feed my lambs, my sheep and that authentic power is service. The pope must exercise power as service and its radiant culmination on the cross.

He must be inspired by the faithful service of St. Joseph. He must embrace the whole of humanity, especially the poor, weakest and least important, the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison.

We need to see the light of hope and bring this hope to others, to look upon people with tenderness and love.

The Bishop of Rome must be the protector of hope, let us protect with love all that God has given us.

I implore the intercession of Mary, Joseph, Saints Peter and Paul and SAINT FRANCIS. Pray for me.

BOMBSHELL! No ad libbing in the homily and no pause for silence after homily! Immediately the choir begins the chanting of the Credo!

There are no lay people bringing forward the gifts, this will make the progressives mad and the traditionalist happy as the EF does not have the procession of gifts! It does shorten the Mass! PROGRESSIVES THINK THE BRINGING UP OF THE GIFTS IS MORE IMPORTANT THE CONSECRATION (ONLY KIDDING BUT NOT QUITE!)

The outside altar is quite beautiful with its powerful Benedictine Altar arrangement which from hence forth I will call the "FRANCISCAN ALTAR ARRANGEMENT!"

THE MASS IS IN LATIN but with a definite Spanish accent which I don't detect so much in his Italian, odd!

He can't sing and this is truly missed at the Preface dialogue and preface. Too bad!

I really think it has to do with his inability to chant as the cardinal concelebrant chants the mystery of faith and introduces the Per ipsum, not some false sense of humility.

I MUST SAY THAT HIS STYLE OF CELEBRATING IS "AD ORIENTEM" IN STYLE NOT IN FACT! IT IS QUITE BEAUTIFUL AND SIMILAR TO THE POPE EMERITUS. IF IT WERE AD ORIENTEM, HIS BEAUTIFUL SPIRITUAL STYLE WOULD PLACE ALL OF US ON THE SAME PLAYING FIELD AND NOT BE JUST FOR THOSE WHO ARE SPIRITUAL EITHER IN FACT OR IN LOOKING AS SUCH. THERE IS NO AFFECTIVITY!

...WILL A CARDINAL DISTRIBUTE HOLY COMMUNION TO SOME OF FAITHFUL AS THEY KNEEL IN PLACE OF THE POPE WHO IN THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM WOULD NEVER DISTRIBUTE HOLY COMMUNION?????

.....INTINTICTION BY THE POPE TO THE DEACONS OF THE MASS AS THEY KNEEL!!!!!INTINCTION, INTINCTION, INTINCTION, YES,INTINCTION!

YES, YES, YES, THE DEACON, YES THE DEACON IS TAKING THE PLACE OF DISTRIBUTING HOLY COMMUNION TO A SELCT FEW AND THESE PEOPLE ARE KNEELING AT A KNEELER! PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!!!!

I MUST GO TAKE A SHOWER AND DRIVE TWO HOURS TO MACON FROM AUGUSTA FOR OUR SCHOOL MASS AT 10 AM AND EXTRAORDINARY FORM MASS AT 7:00 PM!

DON'T BE SAD! BE HAPPY! I CERTAINLY AM, THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL PAPAL MASS, SPLENDID, OVERWHELMING WITH SOLEMNITY AND REVERENCE!














12 comments:

Vox Cantoris said...

In the Papal Pontifical Mass according to the EF, the Pope does not distribute Holy Communion. Though, I don't necessarily believe that is the reason; I don't know the reason.

On the other hand, if he has not figured out whether or not he wants to continue Papa Benedict's example of receiving on the tongue whilst kneeling, then it is better that he not distribute then appear to be rejecting something Benedict felt important and where we should be moving.

JBS Was Here said...

It will be good to hear official explanations for changes.

Gene said...

I think we are about to see why it was a huge mistake for Benedict not to have mandated many things regarding liturgy and worship.

Vox Cantoris said...

He has only one lung; this may have something to do with his lack of singing, or he simply may not do it well, he is a Jesuit, after all. The Jesuit rule was of a read Office, it was never sung in community. This may have affected their overall liturgical praxis. Let us give him some time; or let us just accept that he is not going to sing.

Gene, who would have obeyed?

Anonymous said...

So did Pope Francis wear the Papal Mozetta that last night was rumored to have been sent over to the Vatican for today's ceremony? I have not seen it in any images or videos thus far...

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

I think it was a hoax! But you never know!

Anonymous 5 said...

While there may be some things that trads like, what I'm hearing described is nothing short of liturgical Babel. In a way this is worse than a Kumbaya Mass, since this mixes bad with good and hopelessly confuses things for future generations.

Gene is right.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

A5, I'm not sure what you mean? The Mass was splendid and if not for the simple vestments, no one would be complaining.

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Bill Meyer said...

What I have heard and read since the election was announced has been a true Babel. Widespread hyperbole, both good and bad.

What I know of our new pope is next to nothing. What I trust of what I have read is exceedingly limited, as previously reliable sources have indulged in their own speculation.

By his works shall we know him. I await patiently, true signs of what he will do.

Henry said...

Anonymous 5, I agree with you. Perhaps these differences of viewpoint stem from the fact that people who've grown up in an era devoid of traditional Catholic symbols naturally tend to be insensitive to either their presence or their absence. Even if they respect what they think is tradition, they're largely oblivious to either its presence or its absence.

But for one who gloried in the symbolism used so well by Benedict XVI to communicate continuity with tradition, this inaugural Mass may well have been even more depressing than the JP II style of liturgy in the heyday of Marini I.

James Ignatius McAuley said...

I find it interesting that the offertory procession was dropped. It is one of the things the pre-Vatican liturgical movement pushed very hard for (You can read Gerald Ellard, H.A. Reinhold, Howell, and Bussard for this). Yet, in my opinion and experience as a layman, while I understand its symbolism, it has always come across tome as contrived and forced. After all, we no longer bake the communion wafers and bring up out home vinted wine. Nor, in the present offertory prayers in the OF do I find the same sense of personal offering as I do in the EF offertory. That is one reason I must say I have always appreciated daily mass in the Latin Rite - no singing of hymns and no offertory, just the liturgy, noble and simple.

In any event, God bless Pope Francis!