Thursday, August 5, 2010
HOW SHOULD THE OF MASS HAVE A GRAVITATIONAL PULL ON THE EF MASS: MY SUGGESTIONS!
When Pope Benedict issued Summorum Pontificum, he wrote that he hoped having the EF Mass celebrated more frequently that both Masses would have a gravitational pull on the other. What would the ideal, well-celebrated EF Mass look like with some influences from the OF Mass?
1. The procession to the altar is accompanied by a strong vernacular metrical hymn.
2. After the priest arrives at the altar, the hymn comes to a conclusion and the Prayers and the Foot of the Altar begin with the congregation participating with the altar servers in all spoken responses.
3. As the priest approaches the altar, the choir chants the Introit and the priest incenses the altar.
4. The Kyrie is sung in Greek with active congregational support.
5. The priest intones the Gloria and it is sung by all.
6. The priest chants the Opening Collect.
7. The Liturgy of the Word is celebrated from the Ambo as in the OF Mass, with a lector from the congregation reading the First Lesson facing the congregation in the vernacular. The priest remains at his chair for this and the Gradual. The Gradual is sung by the choir or cantor.
8. The priest then approaches the altar for the prayers prior to the Gospel. The Roman Missal is transferred to the Gospel side of the Altar.
9. The Priest or deacon goes to the ambo and proclaims the Gospel in English, singing or saying it.
10. The homily follows and is integral to the Mass, not separate from it.
11. The priest returns to his chair for a moment of silence then approaches the altar for the Credo and introduction to the Offertory Antiphon. He sits while the choir sings the offertory antiphon and the collection is taken. The Gifts of Bread and Wine, along with the collection are brought to the priest and he goes to the altar to begin the offertory.
12. The Mass continues as usual, but the postures of the OF Mass are followed. All stand for the Orate Fratres and Secret. They remain standing for the Preface Dialogue and singing of the Preface. They remain standing for the Sanctus and the priest, choir and congregation all sing the Sanctus together--in fact all sung parts are sung together, the priest does not say any parts of the congregation independently from them.
13. The Congregation kneels for the Roman Canon that may be said in an audible voice.
14. The congregation stands for the Pater Noster through the Agnus Dei. They kneel for the Domini Non Sum Dignus. Appropriate anthems are sung during Holy Communion.
15. After Holy Communion by intinction, the vessels are purified, the Communion Antiphon is sung.
16. The Prayer after Holy Communion is Prayed. Brief announcements are made and the Ite Missa est is chanted along with the Final Blessing and the proclamation of the Last Gospel. All depart with a strong vernacular recessional hymn.