Monday, February 8, 2016
THE REFORM OF THE REFORM IS INCREMENTAL BUT IT IS HAPPENING AND NO LONGER CAN THOSE WHO DESIRE THE EF, THE ORDINARIATE OR THE ORDINARY FORM BE SHAMED INTO DISAVOWING WHAT THEY SEE AS BEAUTIFUL
The ongoing improvement of the Catholic Liturgy after the iconoclasm of the 1970's is happening both officially and organically.
Younger priests as old as me, love the now three forms of the Catholic Mass in the one Latin Rite, the Ordinary Form, the Extraordinary Form and the Ordinariate Form with its options.
If you would have told me even two years ago that a high ranking cardinal Vatican Curia official along with Cardinals Wurel and Mahoney would be a part of the Ordinariate Mass with Old English and EF sensibilities, I would have said, "no way!" But WAY!
While the EF Mass seems to have stalled as a kind of "boutique Mass," it is still exerting influence on priests who celebrate both forms and the congregations that experience both forms.
Of course we have the glorious new English translation of the Ordinary Form that has an improved GIRM. This is official and I do not know of too many priests that continue to use the older English form as though that is the English of all ages.
Although other liturgical blogs seem to be deaf, dumb and blind to even reporting on the Ordinariate's wonderful new Missal, Divine Worship, I insist that this missal, apart from the Anglican Patrimony, is the third Missal that is the best of the EF and the OF, a third way that Pope Benedict envisioned.
It has so many EF sensibilities but won't turn off priests who are opposed to the EF in principle. It has OF sensibilities too but given the EF traits it will please the vast majority of people who want a more reverent experience of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and a return to tradition.
God is good!