Monday, June 15, 2015
WHEN THOSE WHO LOVE THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM DAMAGE THE POSSIBLITY OF ITS CELEBRATION BECOMING MORE WIDESPREAD DUE TO THEIR IDEOLOGIES
The biggest problem is that priests don't want to celebrate it or learn how. One of the main reasons is that they believe that those who want it want to turn the clock back to the corrupt celebration of the Mass prior to Vatican II when the laity for the most part were not engaged in the action of the Liturgy, which is God's action as He is the actor, but rather in their own personal pieties or daydreaming such as praying the Rosary, contemplating other things or thinking about what was for dinner.
I have posted some comments chastising Catholics who properly participate in the Extraordinary Form by singing, chanting and saying those parts that pertain to them (the parts of the choir and altar boys). The laity should and must chant the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Santus, Pater Noster and Agnus Dei and if able the Introit, Offertory and Communion antiphons and any hymns that might be included.
Pope Benedict as Cardinal Ratzinger in 1998 spoke of how Catholics in the 1920's in Germany were chanting the parts of the Mass and called this development a wonderful one. He chastised those who did other pious things disconnected from God's action in the Liturgy and he called it a "deformation of the Mass" prior to Vatican II and one of the reasons why the Ordinary Form was embraced in such a positive way after the Council in that the laity were given roles proper to them.
Those who actively participated in the pre-Vatican II Liturgy and loved it were the ones who felt its loss the greatest whereas those who sat like bumps on logs during this liturgy did not miss it when they became engaged in the Ordinary Form.
The only way to convince 99% of the laity and clergy who have an antipathy for the EF Mass due to what they perceive is the diminishment and deformation of the role of the laity in this Mass is to have congregations who celebrate this Mass to be robust in their actual celebration. Otherwise, the EF Mass will remain only a "boutique" Mass!