Sunday, June 14, 2015
TOO MANY OPTIONS IN THE ORDINARY FORM? MAYBE, MAYBE NOT! OPTIONS MAY BE THE GENIUS OF THE ORDINARY FORM WHICH SHOULD BE RESPECTED
Particularly insidious was the ad libbing for the Form C of the Penitential Rite. That shouldn't happen anymore, but I suspect it does.
I don't mind options. I like that there are more options for the Eucharistic Prayers, although I think there may be too many and not enough direction about when to use the Roman Canon.
I think Eucharistic Prayer IV should be suppressed and that there should only be one Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation rather than two. The children's Eucharistic Prayers need suppression too (I had heard they may reappear, but haven't seen that yet).
I like the Eucharistic Prayers for special occasions, I think there are four of these and I have used them for daily Mass. Each has its own preface which must be used with it, like Eucharistic Prayer IV.
I think Eucharistic Prayer II should only be for daily Mass or Low Mass on a Sunday.
With that said, though, I do think that the Ordinary Form with Prayers at the Foot of the Altar (which would in effect change to order of the Introductory Rite of the Ordinary Form) should replace what we have now. (By change in order, I refer to the fact that the greeting "The Lord be with you" would be moved to its traditional spot prior to the Collect rather than after the Sign of the Cross, which even the Episcopal Liturgy has maintained over the years in its revised liturgical books).
Of course, if there is a recovery of "filled silence" such as the silent Canon, there is no need for additional Eucharistic Prayers at all. Will the silent Canon make a come back with Cardinal Sarah and his first step toward a reform or the reform with an appendix that allows for many elements of the Extraordinary Form to be inserted into the Ordinary Form?
Time will tell!