Tuesday, February 23, 2016
ORGANIC DEVELOPMENT AND/OR LITURGICAL ABUSE USING THE 1962 ROMAN MISSAL
Now that the 1962 Missal can be celebrated by any priest in the world, if that priest has some working knowledge of Latin and its proper pronunciation) is it possible that there could develop organically liturgical things associated with the Ordinary Form that are approved by Rome?
For example, Pope Benedict stated immediately that the readings of the Mass could be done in the vernacular and some thought that he also indicated the new Lectionary could be used--why not? I've heard of the OF's lectionary being used at an EF Mass to keep the readings the same in the same parish where the two forms of the one Latin Rite are celebrated. I suspect too, that some might use the EF's lectionary for the OF, such as for Septuagesima and other seasons suppressed in the OF.
From the negative point of view, could there also be liturgical abuses? We all know the liturgical abuses of the Ordinary Form that continue to happen despite Rome's appeal time and time again that these cease. And when it comes to "inculturation" just what constitutes liturgical abuse. Dancing in Africa has a cultural connotation not associated with romance or sexual foreplay as it is associated frequently in the west.
Now that the 1962 Missal is no longer held hostage in the liturgical museum of history, has anyone experienced liturgical abuse associated with it similar to what we see with the 1962 missal in Elvis Presley's famous movie above, "A Change of Habits?"
For example have you experienced in the celebration of the EF Mass the following?
1. Chants accompanied by guitar or the use of other instrumentation for the Mass, orchestral instrumentation? Piano?
2. Vernacular readings using the modern lectionary?
3. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, male or female?
4. Holy Communion under both sacred Species?
5. EF Mass facing the congregation?
6. Altar girls?
7. Also, I saw a French video of a High EF Mass in a packed church (its on the internet) where a lay person read the Scriptures as the priest said these quietly at the altar--what about that and using a female to do it, has anyone seen that?
Has anyone seen any kind of liturgical abuse or organic development based upon Ordinary Form allowances in an EF?
I've already stated that at our EF High Mass at our normal 12:10 PM Mass people kneel at the altar railing with their arms crossed over their chest indicating a desire for a blessing in lieu of receiving our Lord's Precious Body and Blood. I see no problem with this organic development borrowed from the OF.