Saturday, June 24, 2017
CONFLICTED IN RICHMOND HILL
Not since the mid to late 1960's has the Extraordinary Form of the Mass been celebrated in the old St. Anne Church, also known as the Martha/Mary Chapel built by and attended by Henry Ford who named it after his mother and mother-in-law in the 1930's. In the mid 1950's it was acquired by the Diocese of Savannah-Atlanta and renamed St. Anne Mission and later Church.
We had about 150 in attendance on a Friday night at 7 PM for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, many from the Cathedral's EF Mass Community.
I have been celebrating the EF Mass for almost 10 years. I continue to see it as a "boutique" Mass appealing to a small number of Catholics who can become a leaven in the Church to fight against the secularism that is infiltrating the actual beliefs of Catholics over the God given beliefs of the Church.
I continue to prefer a "renewal in continuity" approach to the EF Mass, but doing what Sacrosanctum Concilium actually desired, noble simplicity, maintain the chant and Latin patrimony of the Church and allow for some vernacular and expand the Scriptures in the lectionary.
I am perfectly happy with our lectionary as is but would prefer Graduals rather than Responsorial Psalms with its useless repetition.
These norms already allowed in the Ordinary Form's GIRM should be mandated with no other options:
1. Mandate the Official Propers, Introit, Offertory and Communion Antiphons.
2. Mandate Ad Orientem for the Liturgy of the Eucharist
3. Kneeling for Holy Communion and only intinction when the Precious Blood is offered.
Apart from these three things which are already allowed but some bishops unfortunately stranglehold, I'll let others decide on what parts of the Mass should be mandated to be said or sung in Latin. I personally believe a little Latin goes a long way and all Latin is way too much.
Finally, we have the template for a true renewal in continuity of the OF Mass in the Ordinariate's Divine Worship, the Missal! USE IT AS THE TEMPLATE FOR OUR RENEWED IN CONTINUITY ROMAN MISSAL! PLEASE!