Thursday, July 13, 2017
THE RECONCILIATION AND RENEWAL OF THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS IN CONTINUITY WITH THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS
Cardinal Sarah's recent French language discourse on the reconciliation of the Ordinary Form of the Mass with its ancient predecessor, now called the Extraordinary Form of the Mass is simply brilliant and may be more to the liking of Pope Francis.
Cardinal Sarah agrees with Pope Francis that the "reform of the reform" is off-putting and create more unneeded fiery rhetoric.
He prefers, and I would think Pope Francis would not be alienated, the use of the language of reconciliation and renewal in continuity which in fact is closer to what Pope Benedict envisioned.
What Cardinal Sarah is seeking to institute for the Ordinary Form of the Mass is a similar spirituality between it and its more ancient predecessor codified in the 1962 Roman Missal, which is the Missal celebrated throughout the Second Vatican Council's proceedings. There should not be independent theologies of the Mass, but a cohesive theology for both forms of the one Latin Rite.
In fact, Cardinal Sarah is agreeing with what Pope Francis has already approved for the Appendix of the "Divine Worship, The Missal" of the Ordinariate which has recovered so many elements of the Extraordinary Form except for Latin. Instead a modified older usage of English is incorporated, a sort of "sacral" English.
These are the 6 Appendices at the back of the Ordinariate's Divine Worship the Missal and easily brought to our normal Ordinary Form Mass.
Cardinal Sarah's further recommendations, I highlight in red:
APPENDIX ONE: Prayers at the Foot of the Altar is an option which includes the double traditional form of the Confiteor allowed in English and as the Introit is chanted.
APPENDIX TWO: The Rite of Sprinkling Holy Water is celebrated by using already Blessed Water, and as a prelude to the Mass which the priest wearing the cope and is exactly as it is in the Extraordinary Form but in English. After its final prayer, the priest changes into the chasuble the Introit is sung (this presumes the omission of the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, a common sense reform when the Rite of Sprinkling is used as an option).
APPENDIX THREE: The Last Gospel is rectied after the Dismissal
Within the Missal, The Introit with its traditional format, including the Gloria Patri is printed as well as the Offertory and Communion antiphons.
The Gradual/Tract is clearly printed in the Missal and encouraged (It is allowed currently in the Ordinary Form, yet no one uses it that I am aware of).
There are two options for the Offertory Prayers, the first the traditional EF Offertory Prayers in their completeness and the second the modern form.
There are only two canons printed in the Missal, the Roman Canon which is normally to be used on Sunday and what we call Eucharistic Prayer II, which they call Alternate Eucharistic Prayer.
There are double genuflections at each consecration in both canons as well as the kissing of the altar in the middle of the first sentence of the Roman Canon and any time when the priest turns from the altar to face the congregation, which presumes an ad orientem stance.
The priest genuflects after the "Great Amen."
The "Lord I am not worthy" is recited three times.
Cardinal Sarah further indicates:
Kneeling for Holy Communion and receiving on the tongue.
The Roman Canon or any other allowed canon to be exclusively in Latin and prayed in a low voice.
The Benedictine Altar Arrangement.
Of course, this Mass could be offered entirely in Latin as is already the case with the Ordinary Form (I have a large Latin Roman Missal for the altar for such occasions), but Cardinal Sarah seeks some required Latin which I would venture to guess would be the Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Canon, Pater Noster.---that would be plenty, no?