Friday, June 19, 2015
IF THE NEW AND GLORIOUS APPENDIX FOR THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS WERE HERE TODAY, WHAT WOULD SAINT JOSEPH CHURCH'S 12:10 PM MASS LOOK LIKE THIS SUNDAY?
So this is a "what if" if the appendix Cardinal Robert Sarah announced was available to us poor step children in the premiere Latin Rite.
Processional Hymn: "Sing Praise to God" The procession of altar servers with cross, candles and incense and the deacon carrying the Book of the Gospels proceeds. The deacon places the Book of the Gospels on the center of the altar and then returns to the Foot of the Altar.
(At the foot of the altar, the priest, deacon and adult server pray the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar quietly as the hymn continues and flows into the official Introit for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The PATFOTA done quietly could be in Latin or English and are preparatory for the ministers as they enter the sanctuary).
The Priest ascends the altar praying the quiet prayers in doing so and recites to himself the appropriate Psalm for the incensing of the Altar as the schola and/or congregation continue with the Introit.
Following the Introit, the cantor intones the Kyrie from the Mass of the Great Prophet
Following the Kryie the priest intones the Gloria from the Gloria Simplex. For both the Kyrie and the Gloria, the priest stands ad orientem at the center of the altar.
"The Lord be with you" is chanted facing the congregation from the center of the altar and then the Oremus and The Collect is chanted at the Epistle Side of the Altar.
The Liturgy of the Word
The normal Liturgy of the Word takes place with Responsorial Psalm. After the Epistle Reading the adult server transfers the Roman Missal from the Epistle side of the altar to the Gospel side.
The altar servers come to the priest at his chair so he can place incense in the thurible and then the deacon asks for the blessing. The deacon takes the Book of the Gospels from the center of the altar and brings it to the ambo and chants the Gospel.
After the homily, the priest sits for quiet meditation and then approaches the altar for the chanting of Credo III in English followed by the Universal Prayer said at the altar ad orientem, introduced by the priest and said by the deacon.
Following the Universal Prayer the priest sits down, the deacon prepares the altar and the offerings are brought to the priest and then the altar as the Offertory Antiphon is chanted and an additional anthem or organ interlude.
The EF's Offerotry Prayers are said, quietly either in English or Latin to include the EF's infusion of Holy Water into the chalice and the EF's lavabo.
The Priest turns to the congregation for the Orate Frates said in full and remains turned to them until their response and then make a full circle back to the altar chants the Prayer over the Offerings (Secret) aloud.
The Preface follows. Any Eucharistic Prayer allowed for Sundays is chosen but is prayed silently. The congregation knows ahead of time which EP is chosen if they choose to follow in their missal. The Mystery of Faith, the only part of the EP chanted out loud is from the Mass of the Great Prophet.
Following the Great Amen, from the Mass of the Great Prophet, all stand and chant the Pater Noster in English or Latin to include the modern embolism and the "for the kingdom...". The Priest chants the Prayer for Peace and turns to the congregation after kissing the altar for the "Peace of the Lord be with you always" and a sober exchange, properly and liturgical carried out of the Kiss of Peace.
The Agnus Dei from the Mass of the Great Prophet begins for the Fracturing of the Host. After the priest genuflects and the Agnus Dei is complete, he turns to the congregation with host elevated above the chalice and says, "Behold the Lamb of God..." with the response. He turns back to the altar and consumes the Holocaust as the cantor intones the Communion Antiphon and then all sing the Communion Hymn "Let Thy Blood in Mercy Flow" and if needed, "O Lord with Wonderous Mysteries."
Communicants kneel at the altar railing and receive by intinction.
Following the Ablutions as in the EF, and the transfer of the Missal back to the Epistle side of the altar, the priest goes to his chair for a moment of silence. Then he stands goes to the altar's Epistle Side for the chanting of the Prayer after Holy Communion. The deacon makes brief announcements from the ambo if these are needed.
Then the priest goes to the center of the altar, prays quietly the Placeat, turns to the congregation as they make a profound bow for the Final Greeting, Blessing and Dismissal. The priest turns back to the altar, goes to the Gospel side, says the Last Gospel and then the Recessional Hymn begins, "Faith of our Father."
Now what's wrong with this? Nothing, nothing at all and if only this had been the way we celebrated the modern missal all along, we'd be in a much better place today as a Church. There is time to recover and the appendix will begin that recovery!
You can listen to what the Mass of the Great Prophet sounds like HERE!