Tuesday, December 9, 2014
LET'S BE REALISTIC, ANY HOPE FOR IMPROVED CELEBRATIONS OF THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS RESIDES WITH THE ORDINARY FORM NOT THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM ALTHOUGH THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM WILL BE ITS CATALYST
But what this boutique group of Catholics has accomplished, thanks be to God, is the development of a new movement that could have a broader effect upon the current Ordinary Form of the Mass without in any way changing anything in the Ordinary Form Roman Missal and its rubrics and General Instruction.
A complete return to Latin in the Ordinary Form is unrealistic also. However, keep in mind that the Roman Missal in the Vernacular and in its main body, not in the appendix encourages the Greek Kyrie and the Latin Gloria, Sanctus, Pater Noster and Agnus Dei. These parts are next to the English ones on the very same pages of the Roman Missal.
It would be interesting to know to what extent in the USA, England, Italy and worldwide the Ordinary Form of the Mass is being celebrated in the style of the Extraordinary Form without in any way changing the rubrics and General Instruction of the Ordinary Form and more Latin is used.
We had a prime example of this with our Faure's Requiem Sunday Mass for All Souls on All Souls' Day this year at St. Joseph Church:
And on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on Monday night, a Solemn Pontifical Mass at the London Oratory where Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Archbishop of Westminster was the celebrant is what I am talking about. The choir sang music by Lassus, Gabrieli and Victoria accompanied by period instruments. Was John Nolan present and did he participate in the choir? Time will tell as will his comments.
Any parish and in the vernacular could celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass and make it look like this. It is significant that a high ranking cardinal of the Church, who has some progressive tendencies, is modeling this celebration.
Obviously a parish would not need all the sumptuous vestments, but most, with care and attention to detail could celebrate their Sunday Masses in this fashion.
A difficult Mass setting need not be chosen. The English or Latin Chants from the Ordinary Form Roman Missal could be used or more modern Mass settings that have a classical quality to them. The Propers could be chanted in Latin or the vernacular given the music resources of parishes.
Of course, altar servers and lectors would need to be well trained and choreographed.
John Nolan can tell us if the cardinal distributed Holy Communion to kneeling or standing communicants. Do people normally kneel for Holy Communion at the Oratory?
So what would bring the Ordinary Form of the Mass into continuity with its predecessor, the Extraordinary Form? You see it quite clearly in these photos from the London Oratory: ad orientem!
The Introductory Rite's Incensation of the Altar: