Monday, April 27, 2015
You can read article there by pressing the title above. But basically Peter states that the EF Mass is far superior to the OF Mass. I think that pitting the two Masses against one another is not pastoral nor helpful. But everyone knows that we can't pretend things are as good with the way the Church is today as compared to the time prior to and immediately following Vatican II. The revised liturgy did not help the crisis that engulfed the Church and was too weak to keep the laity from becoming discontent and alienated from the Church. In fact the loss of reverence in the OF that could be intrinsic to it but exacerbated by the poor way in which it is celebrated in so many places coupled with horrible music that will not survive the test of time, has caused in part the crisis we experience today liturgically and otherwise.
I cannot envision the pope or the bishops of the Catholic Church canning the Ordinary Form of the Mass. But why in the name of God and all that is holy can't the bishops agree along with the pope to make the Ordinary Form more like the Extraordinary Form in the Order of the Mass, the reverence of the Mass and the choreography of the Mass? This is a no-brainer and could truly lead to a new springtime for the Church.
What would this revision accomplish for the Ordinary Form?
First, let's keep the Ordinary Form's Missal. But let's eliminate all the canons but two, the Roman Canon and the Third Eucharistic Prayer. Let's say that the Roman Canon must be used for Sunday's principal Mass when it is a sung Mass. That the third Canon may be used for daily Mass and Low Masses on Sunday.
Let's recover Low, High and Solemn High forms of the Mass but allow for more flexibility for the Chanted Mass in terms of what may or may not be chanted (to allow for the parts of the Mass to be chanted even at a daily Mass, for example).
Let's recover ad orientem and the traditional altar arrangement of candles and crucifix.
Then let's recover the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar which are said by all in a spoken Mass and only by the ministers in a Sung Mass covered by the chanting of the Introit. Let's also say that the traditional Rite of Sprinkling Holy Water can replace the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar when chosen.
Let's say that after the priest ascends the altar for the kissing of it and incensing of it , that for the Kyrie, Gloria and Collect, the priest may remain at the altar in the traditional EF format for these or go directly to the Chair in a Sung or Solemn Sung Mass. Let's also say that the Sung Mass with cantor or choir that it is not necessary for the priest to say the parts of the Mass that the choir or cantor are chanting but he and the congregation should join in these unless these are of a elaborate lengthy type.
Let's say that the Liturgy of the Word is at the Ambo as is the norm for the OF Mass currently.
Let's say that after the homily, the Credo and optional Universal Prayers are at the altar as is the norm for the EF Mass.
Let's say that the offertory procession is optional, but may be used in a sung or solemn sung Mass.
Let's say that the traditional offertory prayers return to the Mass and the new preparation prayers are suppressed.
Let's say that the Rite of Holy Communion beginning with the Pater Noster remains as is in the Ordinary Form, but with the restoration of the complete private prayers of the celebrant.
Let's say that Holy Communion is distributed to kneeling communicants and they must receive on the tongue at an altar railing if available and that intinction is an option at any Catholic Mass.
Let's say we maintain the current OF's order for the Rite of Dismissal but to add the Placeat and the blessing done not from the chair but from the altar. And let's say that the Last Gospel is restored.
Wouldn't this go a long way in addressing the issues of the article I cite above? The Roman Missal of the Ordinary Form is not changed in terms of the vernacular, the collects and prefaces and the variety of Masses, votive and otherwise that are included in the richer revised Roman Missal. And the revised lectionary continues but with the option of a year D for the restoration of the EF's Lectionary.
The Roman Calendar is slightly adjusted in the OF to resemble the current Anglican Ordinariate Calendar and restore Septuagesima, Ember days and the Octave of Pentecost.