Monday, November 30, 2015
THIS SHOULD GIVE US STEP-CHILDREN IN THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE LATIN RITE GREAT HOPE AND JOY: CARDINAL ROBERT SARAH AND I THINK ALIKE! COMMENTING ON THE NEW ANGLICAN ORDINARIATE'S "DIVINE WORSHIP, THE MISSAL OF POPE FRANCIS, THE GOOD CARDINAL EXCLAIMED AS I DID AND DO: "WHY CAN'T WE HAVE SOMEHTING LIKE THIS?" INDEED!!!!!
Fr. John Hunwicke in England (I wonder if John Nolan knows him), a married priest of the Anglican Ordinariate and incardinated into the Personal Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham and author of the blog, "Fr. Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment" comments on Pope Francis' "Divine Worship, The Missal":
"Advent Sunday! And a new start! From today, the Ordinariate Missal is authorized in all three Ordinariates. The formal authorizing document, signed by Cardinal Sarah (who is reported to have commented "Why can't we have something like this?"), makes clear that it is granted by virtue of faculties conferred on the CDW by the present Sovereign Pontiff the Holy Father Pope Francis. So, just as the post-Conciliar Missal is known as the Paul VI Missal, so, for the rest of time, this Missal will be the Pope Francis Missal! When everything else... is... forgotten, by this [His Holiness] will be remembered! Exegerit monumentum aere perennius!
Viva il Papa! Viva Francesco! Vivant omnes!"
My comments: The question,"Why can't we have something like this?" coming from Robert Cardinal Sarah, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship tells us that we will get something like this especially since Pope Francis has already signed off on a Missal that will be known by his name as Fr. Hunwicke so astutely states!
What we in the ordinary Ordinary Form of the Mass don't need, though, is the Anglican/Episcopal-use parts of this marvelous, superior Missal of Pope Francis.
Let me explain. The EF Mass was known for its sobriety. In addition it isn't wordy or pedantic. The Ordinary Form has often been described critically as too wordy, especially with the spontaneous, banal words the celebrant may use here and there at his own discretion.
The Anglican Ordinariate Missal of Pope Francis, which is intrinsic to the Anglican/Episcopal liturgy, is wordy and often has useless redundancy and is pedantic.
Let me show you what the Anglican Ordinariate Missal of Pope Francis incorporates from the Anglican/Episcopal Wordy tradition that our revised Missal won't need and shouldn't have. Let me just say that these accretions are wonderful prayers that could be prayed silently during any Mass by anyone or in private devotions, I just don't like them asinstitutionalized use in the Ordinary Form :
1. The Anglican Prayer for Purity prayed after the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar and the Summary of the Law both of which precede the Kyrie after the Introit is chanted.
2. Then after the Universal Prayer (The Prayers of the People) which follows the Creed, there is another Penitential Rite with a lengthy Anglican/Episcopal "Act of Contrition".
3. Then follows "The Comfortable Words" several Scripture sentences from different books or letters of the New Testament.
4. Then following the Agnus Dei, is the "Prayer of Humble Access" which both priest and congregation say aloud followed by the Ecce Agnus Dei.
5. Then after Holy Communion but prior to the Prayer after Holy Communion (Post-Communion Prayer) the priest and congregation say a common Anglican Prayer of Thanksgiving.
While I think I could get use to the archaic old English used in the Anglican Ordinariate Missal of Pope Francis, I would be satisfied with our new and glorious English translation of our Latin Missal that incorporates all that the Anglican Ordinariate Missal of Pope Francis but without the Anglican/Episcopal little "t" traditions I highlight above.
However, I do recall in the 1960's many parishioners at my parish lamenting that the English for the new Mass didn't use the Old English that we had come to love by using our personal pew missals which used the "sacral" Old English in translating the Mass from Latin. Of course these Missals used translators of their own, thus the English in these missals were never official English translations of the Mass from the Magisterium.
I lust also after the Anglican Ordinariate's reform of Pope Francis of the Ordinary Form Calendar that is clearly in continuity with the EF calendar but keeping the best of the Ordinary Form reform also.
And now I humbly ask Cardinal Robert Sarah to say to us step children in the Ordinary Form of the Latin Rite:
HABEMUS PAPAM FRANCISCUM'S' "DIVINE WORSHIP, THE MISSAL" WITHOUT THE ANGLICAN/EPISCOPAL ACCRETIONS! HABEMUS OUR VERY OWN POPE FRANCIS' MISSAL!!!!! DEO GRATIAS!!!!