Tuesday, June 16, 2015
ALIGNING THE POSTURES OF THE EXTRAORDINARY AND ORDINARY FORMS OF THE MASS TO MAKE THEM AS SIMILAR AS POSSIBLE
I have thought for some time now that at least in the USA there should be similar postures for the EF and OF and that the EF should not have different postures for the High or Low versions, but the same (I think that prescribing postures is a USA novelty and goes back to the pre-Vatican II times. Others can correct me if I am wrong).
Apart from silly, outdated and worst of pre-Vatican II arguments to the contrary, the laity, if they so desire and according the capabilities, should indeed say, sing and chant those parts of the EF Mass that pertain to the choir and/or altar boy, and that there be no difference between a high or low Mass in this regard (this is a no-brainer in 2015!), there should be common postures for the following:
1. In the OF, the laity should kneel for the Penitential Act, no matter the choice. If PATFOTA becomes an option, the laity kneel as in the EF, when the priest begins them, otherwise the laity kneel after the invitation to acknowledge one's sinfulness in the modern options for the penitential act.
2. The laity stand for the Gloria and Collect.
3. The laity sit for the Liturgy of the Word/ Mass of Catechumens, except for the Gospel where they stand.
4. The laity both in the EF and OF stand for the Orate Fratres after having stood and sit down for the Credo.
5. The laity stand for the Secret/Prayer over the Offerings and Preface and kneel AFTER the Sanctus and remain kneeling through the Great Amen.
6. I would recommend that the Per Ipsum be chanted or spoken loudly in the EF with more emphasis on the saying and chanting of the Great Amen.
7. Stand for the Pater Noster through Agnus Dei, kneel after Agnus Dei.
8. Kneel for Holy Communion and stand for the Prayer after Holy Communion.
9. Kneel or bow for the Final Blessing
10. Stand for the Last Gospel and Recessional.