Friday, March 20, 2015
WHAT CAN THE CHURCH DO TO CELEBRATE THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS WITH THE SAME INTENSE REVERENCE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS THAT SHOWS THE CONTINUITY BETWEEN THE TWO MASSES OF THE ONE LATIN RITE?
There were several young people there. I asked a visiting 10th grader from another parish not far from Macon if he had ever been to an Extraordinary Form Mass. He said no. I asked him what he thought about it? He said, "IT WAS AWESOME!" I'm trying to talk my parents into attending here (they live about 20 miles away!).
It is clear to everyone who attends the EF Mass that the reverence that it has which is prescribed for it has been lost for the most part in the Ordinary Form. Most people who attend the OF Mass appreciate the English, perhaps a bit of the Latin but would not mind and would deeply appreciate a return to the prescribed reverence of the EF Mass. It is possible to do so without changing the OF Missal in any real radical way or doing away with it altogether. The elimination of the OF Missal simply isn't going to happen, but improving it along the lines of the EF Mass will happen, mark my word!
Cardinal Sarah said yesterday on the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, "Guarding the sacred liturgy," Cardinal Sarah wrote, “does not mean remaining closed in the past,” but “maintaining sound tradition” and being open to “a legitimate progress.”
Might I be so boldly humble to suggest to the good Cardinal my recommendations for maintaining sound tradition for the Ordinary Form of the Mass that has legitimate progress?
1. The Mass is ad orientem from the start to the end and restore the choreography of the EF Mass for priests and servers. Return to the Prayers at the Foot of the altar but as a clerical preparation for Mass as the Official Introit is chanted (in Latin or English and by the congregation). I would be open to the Asperges replacing the PATFOTA, but the EF's version of the Asperges or Vidi Aquam.
2. Return the removed private prays of the priest when ascending the altar and kissing it and incensing it as well as at other times. To remove these was just down right stupid!
3. the chanting of the Kyrie, Gloria and Collect in English or Greek/Latin.
4. The Liturgy of the Word as is usual for the Ordinary Form and using the existing revised lectionary and with lay readers.
5. The transfer of the Roman Missal from the Epistle Side to the Gospel side as the priest or deacon goes to the middle of the altar to prepare to proclaim the Gospel, although the Gospel is read at the ambo.
6. No change to the Liturgy of the Eucharist, although mandating that the Offertory and Communion Antiphons be chanted and only then any filler anthems or hymns.
7. Holy Communion kneeling (preferably at the altar railing) and receiving on the tongue with the option of Holy Communion under both kinds by way of intinction only as is allowed now in the American adaptation of the Roman Missal's GIRM.