Monday, December 23, 2013


This photo alone may answer the question:
Okay, maybe my clairvoyance has gone bizerk. Maybe it is a fargone conclusion that Cardinal Burke's liturgical sensitivities are way beyond anything Pope Francis wishes to promote in his papacy as it concerns the EF, cappas and lace. But Cardinal Burke is on the Congregation for divine Worship as a member and as of the writing of this post still is. We know that the current head, of the Ratzinger school of liturgy, will be leaving shortly and a new head is going to be named. Rumors since the beginning of this papacy have been Archbishop Pietro Marini will be the new head. I have tried to start the rumor that it will be Monsignor Guido Marini and he will be made an archbishop. But lacking in that, let me start the rumor it will be Cardinal Burke! 
If Burke or the angelic Marini are named, can we expect what the Anglican Use Liturgy allows for their new Roman Missal (only in terms of the Extraordinary Form elements, not the Anglican elements) would be allowed to the pure Roman Missal in the Ordinary Form? Why in the name of God and all that is holy, would the Anglicans get the good stuff and not rank and file craddle Catholics whose liturgical patrimony is the EF Mass? 
The Following is copied or lifted directly from the new Anglican Ordinariate Mass which allows for their Mass (in the appendix of their new Roman Missal) the Extraordinary Form's "Pryaers at the Foot of the Altar in English, with revised rubrics, the traditional EF Offertory Prayers and Washing of Hands, the Roman Canon with EF rubrics and the Last Gospel after the Dismissal of the Mass. 
This of course is with our revised Ordinary Form Mass, so nothing else would have to change. It is the Ordinary Form's Missal entirely with the Ordinary Form's Lectionary and manner of proclaiming the Scriptures with laity involved and so on:
After the Priest and Deacons
have vested, the following prayers may be said
in preparation for Holy Mass, either in the
sacristy or at the foot of the a
If the following is prayed at the foot of the a
ltar, and if the People join in
the responses and pray
ing the Confiteor, this form may
replace the
usual Penitential Rite.
In the Name of the Father, and of the So
n, and of the
I will go unto the altar of God.
Even unto the God
of my joy and gladness.
At Masses
for the Dead and during Passiontide, the following Psalm
is omitted.
Psalm 43.
Judica me, Deus.
Give sentence with me, O God, and defend my cause against the
ungodly people; O deliver
me from the deceitful and wicked
For thou art the God of my strength, why hast thou put me from
thee? and why go I so heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me?
O send out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me, and
bring me unt
o thy holy hill, and to thy dwelling.
And that I may go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of
my joy and gladness; and upon the harp will I give thanks unto
thee, O God, my God.
Why art thou so heavy, O my soul? and why art thou so
disquieted within me?
O put thy trust in God; for I will yet give him thanks, which is
the help of my countenance, and my God.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy
As it was in the beginning, is now, and
ever shall be: world
without end. Amen.
I will go unto the altar of God.
Even unto the God of my joy and gladness.
Our help is in the
Name of the Lord.
Who hath made heaven and earth.
At the discretion of the Priest, the following forms of the Confiteor may be
omitted, and the Preparatory Prayers may continue then with the versicle,
Wilt thou not turn again
I confess to Almighty God, to Blessed Mary ever
Virgin, to
Blessed Mic
hael the Archangel, to Blessed John the Baptist, to
the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you,
that I have sinned exceedingly in thought, word, deed;
[he strikes hisbreast thrice]
by my fault, by my own fault, by
my own most grievous fault. Wherefore I beg Blessed Mary ever
Virgin, Blessed Michael the Archangel, Blessed John the Baptist,
the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Angels and Saints, and
you, my brethren, to pray for
me to the Lord our God.
May almighty God have mercy upon thee, forgive thee thy sins,
and bring thee to everlasting life.
I confess to Almighty God, to Blessed Mary ever....
The almighty and merciful Lord grant unto us pardon,
absolution, and remission of our sins.
Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us, O
That thy people may rejoice in thee.
O Lord, show thy mercy upon us.
And grant us thy salvation.
O Lord, hear my prayer.
And let my cry come unto thee
When prayed at the foot of the altar,
the Introit
follows. The Priest ascends
to the altar and venerates it with a kiss
and, if appropriate to the dignity of
the celebration, he censes the altar and cross. Mass
The Offertory (Form I)
Having prepared sufficient bread for communion, the Priest takes the paten
with the bread and holds it slightly raised above the altar with both hands,
saying in a low voice:
Receive, O holy Father, almighty and everlasting God, this spotless host,
which I, thine unworthy servant, now offer unto thee, my living andtrue
God, for my numberless sins, offences, and negligences; for all here
present; as also for the faithful in
Christ, both the quick and t
he dead, that it
may avail for
their salvation and mine, unto life everlasting. Amen.
Then making a cross with the paten, he places
the paten with the bread
upon the corporal. The Deacon
pours wine anda little
water in
o the
the Priest first blessing with the sign of the cross the water to be mixed in
the chalice,saying:
O God
, who didst wondrously create, and yet more won
drously renew the
dignity of man’s nature: Grant that
by the mystery of this
water and wine
we may be made partakers of his divinity, as he vouchsafed to become
partaker of our humanity, eve
n Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord;
who liveth
and reigneth with thee in the u
nity of the Holy Spirit, one God,
world without
end. Amen.
Then he takes
the chalice, and offers it,slightly elevating it and saying
in a
low voice:
We offer unto thee, O Lord, the
of salvation, beseeching thy mercy, that it may ascend in the sight of thy divine majesty as a sweet smelling savour for our salvation,
and for that of the whole world. Amen.
He makes the sign of the cross with the chalice and places it upon the
corporal, and covers it with the pall. Then with hands joined upon the altar,
bowing he says:
In a
humble spirit, and with a contrite heart, may we
be accepted of thee, O Lord,
and so let our sacrifice be
in thy sight this day, that it may be
pleasing unto thee, O Lord our God.
Standing upright, he extends his hands, raises them and joins them, and
lifting his eyes to heaven and
then lowering them, says:
Come, thou O sanctifier, almighty, everlasting God,
bless this
sacrifice, made ready for thy holy Name
if incense is used, he blesses it
Through the intercession of blessed Michael the Archangel standing at the
right hand of the altar of incense, and of all his elect, may the Lord
vouchsafe to
bless this incense, and to receive it for a sweet smelling
savour; through Christ our Lord. Amen
And receiving the thurible, he censes the Oblations, in the customary
Then he
censes the altar and returns the thurible to the Deacon
or server
Then the Priest is censed by the Deacon
or server, and afterwards the others
in order. Meanwhile, the Priest, standing at the side of the altar,
washes hishands, saying
in a low voice:
I will was
h my hands in innocency, O Lord;
and so will I go to
thine altar;
hat I may show the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous
Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house and the place where
thine honour dwelleth. O shut not up my soul with the sinners, nor
my life
with the blood
thirsty; In whose hands is wickedness,
and their right hand is
full of gifts. But as for me, I will
walk innocently: O deliver me, and be
merciful unto me. My foot standeth right;
I will praise the Lord in the
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without
Psalm 26:6-12
Then bowing in the middle of the altar, with hands joined upon it, he says
a low voice:
Receive, O holy Trinity, this oblation which we offer unto thee in memory of
the passion, resurrection, and ascension of our Lord
Jesus Christ;in honour
of blessed Mary ever
virgin, of blessed John the Baptist, of the
holy Apostles
Peter and Paul,
and all the Saints, that it may be to their honour, and for our
salvation; and that
like as we remember them on earth, so in heaven they
may plead for us. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Priest kisses the altar and, turning towards the People, extending and
then joining his hands, says:
Pray, brethren, that my sacrifice and yours may be acceptable unto God,
the Father almighty.
The beginning of the Roman Canon:

The People kneel. The Priest, with hands extended says; or, extending,
raising, and then joining his hands whilst raising his eyes to heaven and
immediately lowering them, bows deeply before the altar, and w
ith his
hands resting on it,
[Celebrant alone]
merciful Father, we humbly pray thee, through Jesus
Christ thy Son our Lord,
He may kiss the altar. Making then the sign of the cross over the bread and
chalice together he says:
and we ask, that thou accept and bless these
gifts, these offerings,
these holy and unblemished sacrifices.
With hands extended, he continues:
WE offer them unto thee, first, for thy holy Catholic Church: that thou
vouchsafe to keep her
in peace, to
guard, unite, and govern her
throughout the whole world; together with thy servant
our Pope,
[N.,our Ordinary,]
[N., our Bishop,]
and all the faithful guardians of the catholic and
apostolic faith.
Commemoration of the Living
[Celebrant or one
REMEMBER, O Lord, thy servants and handmaids [N.
The Priest joins his hands and prays briefly for those for whom he intends to
pray; then with hands extended, he continues:
and all who here around us stand, whose faith is known
unto thee and their
steadfastness manifest, on whose behalf we offer unto thee,
or who
themselves offer unto thee this sacrifice of praise; for themselves, and for all
who are theirs; for the redemption of their souls, for the hope of their
health and well-being; and who offer their prayers unto thee, the eternal God, the
living and the true...
The Last Gospel
The Priest
may recite this Gospel after Mass (except on Christmas Day when
this is the Gospel of the Mass).
After the Blessing and Dismissal the Priest
goes to the Gospel corner of the
altar and reads the Last Gospel as follows, all standing. Having said
The Lord be with you,
he makes the sign of the cross with his right thumb on the
altar table
or on the book, and then on his own forehead, lips, and breast.
Everyone genuflects at the words
And the
Word was made flesh
The Lord be with you.
And with thy spirit.
The Beginning of the Holy Gospel according to John.
Glory be to thee, O Lord.
IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All
things were made by
and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In him was life;
and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness;
the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose
name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the light,
that all men through him might believe. He was not that light, but was sent
to bear witness of that light.
That was the true light, which lighteth every
man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was
made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his
own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his Name: which
were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man,
but of God.
[He genuflects, saying]
And the Word was made flesh,
rising continues]
and dwelt
among us,
and we beheld his glory, the glory as
of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The People respond:
Thanks be to God.


Anonymous said...

I shudder to think of what might come if the "bad" Marini is named head of the CDWDS. This appointment will tell a lot about where PF is taking the Church IMHO.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

But keep in mind that it was ultimately Pope Francis endorsed the Anglican Ordinariate's Roman Missal and promulgated it with the EF options!

Anonymous said...

Tomorrow's papal mass is in Latin, which is another good sign!

Anonymous said...

True, true. I've been praying about PF and him straightening up the OF Mass. It isn't fair the Anglicans have it better than we do! :)

Henry said...

These Anglican Ordinate developments were put in the can by Pope Benedict, and I'm afraid we must forget about any further reform of the reform during the present pontificate. Indeed, how can even the line be held under current conditions, when as Fr. Ray Blake puts it at

"The careful beautifully crafted liturgies we saw in St Peter's that spoke eloquently of 'the hermeneutic of reform in continuity' have disappeared. Even that phrase has gone and so much of the language Pope Francis uses seems to be a dog whistle to the sixties and seventies, to the point where contemporaries of the Pope both clerical and lay are given more comfort than the young.

"We seem to have returned to many of the issues most of us had hoped had died on the vine 30/50 years ago . . . . I can understand the Pope thinking that those issues which people like me assumed were settled have actually not been, maybe today or tomorrow they need to be. . . . . Possibly in places like South America, these issues were not settled, maybe the Church pulsates to a different rhythm elsewhere; military coups, dictatorships and juntas meant the Pope's homeland simply sees things differently but many younger clergy in North America and Europe, at least, I think thought God was beginning to give his Church peace so we might stop the post-Concilliar ad intra controversies and at last begin the work of evangelisation."

Joseph Johnson said...

I have seen this picture of Card. Burke before. If I remember correctly, I believe the red galero (which is a reproduction of a historical form of the cardinalatial galero as it was at the time it was actually a functional hat rather than a mere symbol) was a gift to the Cardinal. Obligingly, he tried it on (with the cappa magna) just for a picture--I don't believe he actually uses this hat.

By the same token, as a practicing county Solicitor (prosecutor of misdemeanor cases), if someone saw fit to order one of those English horsehair eighteenth century style barristers' wigs from Stanley Ley, I would probably have a picture made wearing it (just for fun, along with the black robe) before I put it on display as a part of my office decor.