Wednesday, January 15, 2014
THE MASS AT THE SISTINE CHAPEL WITH POPE FRANCIS--THIS WAS REFORM OF THE REFORM AND A GREAT MODEL OF IT FOR THE WORLD
Because of the baptism of 32 babies, quite a few to say the least, after the Holy Father incensed the altar and went to his throne, the Mass began with the Sign of the Cross and Greeting. The Penitential Act was omitted so that the first part of the baptism ritual could take place, "What name to you give your children? What do you ask of God's Church for your children and then the sign of the cross imposed on the forehead of each child.
After this the free-standing Kyrie was chanted as well as the Gloria and the Collect was prayed. The laity's parts of the Mass were chanted in Latin, the Holy Father prayed his parts in Italian.
The Liturgy of the Word was as usual and there were lay lectors, male and female.
After the Gospel and homily the Liturgy of Baptism continued with all the rites. Since there were 32 children it was quite lengthy.
Then the Liturgy of the Eucharist took place with the presentation of the offerings, prepareation of these at the ad orientem altar and the Eucharistic Prayer. The Offertory Antiphon was chanted.
At Holy Communion, the Communion Antiphon was chanted.
After the Dismissal, there was an anthem sung to the Blessed Virgin Mary and then there was the recessional.
If you ask me, this was a Reform of the Reform Mass with Pope Francis. If only all parishes in the world would follow what Pope Francis modeled at his Baptism of the Lord Solemn Mass.