Monday, February 15, 2016
WILL IT BE AN EXTRAORDINARY FORM REQUIEM OR AN ORDINARY FORM FUNERAL MASS?
It is clear that Justice Antonin Scalia preferred an Extraordinary Form Parish. The question remains, but should be cleared up by the end of the day, will his funeral be in the Extraordinary Form or the Ordinary Form?
Either way, will it be televised? And if televised and if in the Extraordinary Form, how much will this assist the ongoing recovery of this form of the Requiem and this order of the Mass? Of course, Washington's Cardinal will be there along with the Papal nuncio and I suspect other cardinals, archbishops and bishops. Perhaps Cardinal Burke will be the celebrant and this make perfect sense as His Eminence is a Canon Lawyer and would have much, very much in common with Justice Scalia! I can't imagine Cardinal Wurel celebrating an EF Requiem, but Cardinal Burke would do so in a heartbeat!
And if Cardinal Burke is the celebrant, the Mass is at the Basilica National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and at its never used splendid high altar and it is an EF Requiem, all the other cardinals, archbishops, bishops and priests will not be concelebrating but attending wearing choir dress!
And if this is an Ordinary Form Mass, you don't have to be a clairvoyant like me to know that the following songs will not be sung at the funeral Mass:
1. The "You Who" song, aka, "On Eagle's Wings"
2. Be Not Afraid
3. O Danny Boy set to religious words
4. I Am the Bread of Life
5. You Satisfy the Hungry Heart
6. Amazing Grace
7. How Great Thou Art
8. Just a Closer Walk with Thee