Friday, March 17, 2017
AS ANOTHER BISHOP PROMOTES AD ORIENTEM, ISN'T IT TIME FOR BISHOPS, ALL BISHOPS, TO MOVE FORWARD THE PROPER CELEBRATION OF THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS THAT WHEN CELEBRATED PROPERLY IS IN CONTINUITY WITH THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM
In my post below, the good bishop of LaCrosse, Wisconsin shows his openness to the celebration of the Mass ad orientem as it is a legitimate option in the Roman Missal of the Ordinary Form. This is such a positive development.
But let's look at other things that other bishops and even Pope Francis are saying which bodes well for the Ordinary Form to be celebrated properly as an organic development stemming from the reintroduction of the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.
1. Pope Francis highlights that music in the Mass since Vatican II has been a mixed bag and needs to be improved. Simply looking at papal Masses at St. Peter's with the pope gives us clues to his orientation: 1. Gregorian Chant is widely used for the propers and the propers are chanted even in addition to a processional hymn and anthems in addition to the Offertory and Communion antiphons.
While Pope Francis does not exclude celebrating Mass ad orientem as he has done so a few times, the manner in which His Holiness' celebrates Mass facing the people is in an ad orientem manner--there is nothing of his personality in the manner in which Pope Francis celebrates the liturgies of the Church!
2. We can go back to 1907 to discern what is good music in the Mass and what isn't by this one quote:
Catholic Church Music, Sir Richard R. Terry wrote:
I think we may say that modern individualistic music, with its realism and emotionalism, may stir human feeling, but it can never create that atmosphere of serene spiritual ecstasy that the old music generates. It is a case of mysticism versus hysteria. Mysticism is a note of the Church: it is healthy and sane. Hysteria is of the world: it is morbid and feverish, and has no place in the Church. Individual emotions and feelings are dangerous guides, and the Church in her wisdom recognizes this. Hence in the music which she gives us, the individual has to sink his personality, and become only one of the many who offer their corporate praise.
3. And the good bishop from La Crosse writes the following commonsensical observation: