PONTIFICAL MASS IN THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM IN A PARISH CHURCH:
AND IN THE ORDINARY FORM PARISH CHURCH (ST. JOSEPH, MACON):
In the EF Mass, a pontifical Mass is celebrated quite differently from a similar Mass by a lowly priest who does not have the fullness of the Sacrament of Holy Orders.
Here is what is different for a bishop's pontifical Mass (may be other things too that I don't list):
1. The dress for the bishop is different and His Excellency dresses for the Mass publicly, taking off choir dress and/or cappa and putting on gloves and slippers---signs of the royalty of Jesus and His Kingdom.
2. Outside of the cathedral, a normal parish church would erect a throne for the bishop, again, a sign of royalty pointing to Christ the King and the Kingdom of God.
3. The Prayers at the Foot of the Altar are recited quietly as the schola chants the Introit and here there is no difference between the fullness of Holy Orders and the less full version of a humble priest.
4. After the bishop ascends the steps of the altar, kisses it and incenses it, he then goes to his throne, for the chanting of the Kyrie, Gloria (which like the priest, the bishop intone) and the Collect, whereas a less full Holy Orders humble priest remains at the altar for the Kyrie, Gloria and Collect.
5. The Credo is chanted at the throne whereas for the lowly less full Holy Orders humble priest it is chanted at the center of the altar.
Of course there are some other details that are different in terms of the various miters, whereas the lowly less full Holy Orders priest just wears the biretta as he would normally at a high or low Mass.
However, in the Ordinary Form Pontifical Mass or its parish version by a lowly but now a bit more haughty less than Holy Orders, less than humble parish priest, there are almost no distinctions.
These are the only differences that I note for a bishop in the Ordinary form:
1. Of course at a Cathedral Mass, a lowly priest is not in any way permitted to use the bishop's throne. So far so good. A separate chair is set out for him.
2. A bishop uses a miter and crozier and at the deacon brings the Book of the Gospel to the bishop at the priest's chair for him to kiss and then take and bless the assembly.
In other words there are no other distinctions between the bishop with the fullness of Holy Orders celebrating any kind of Mass and the less full Holy Orders lowly/haughty priest at his parish Mass.
1. The same chair is used in a parish Mass by both the bishop and the priest, no throne is set up for the arrival of the fullness of Holy Orders.
2. Every aspect of the Ordinary Form Sung Mass, more or less, is exactly the same for both priest and bishop except for the bishop's use of miter and crozier at various points in the Mass. Also the bishop's Pontifical Blessing is only used by a bishop with the three-fold blessing at the end of Mass.
WAS THIS DIMINISHMENT OF THE MANY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE FULLNESS OF HOLY ORDERS WHICH A BISHOP HAS IN TERMS OF HOW HE CELEBRATES A PONTIFICAL MASS AND HOW THE LESS FULLNESS OF HOLY ORDERS OF A LOWLY PRIEST A GOOD THING OR NOT????
I ASK YOU ANSWER.
WHAT COULD BE DONE TO ADD ENCHANTMENT OF THE FULLNESS OF HOLY ORDERS TO A PONTIFICAL MASS IN THE ORDINARY FORM IN A PARISH SETTING?
When I was at St. Joseph Church in Macon and for only one visit of our bishop, we did not repeat this and I am not sure why, because the bishop seem to like it when he saw it, we added a back drop to the less than full Holy Orders most humble and lowly priest's chair. What do you think. It was easy to add, not complicated at all: