Thursday, December 17, 2015
CONFUSION STILL REIGNS IN THE PENITENTIAL ACT OF THE ORDINARY FORM ESPECIALLY IN THE RECENTLY REVISED NUPTIAL MASS, BUT NOT JUST THERE!
Technically, the EF's Prayers at the Foot of the Altar are a prelude to the Mass, not integral. Technically these are private devotional prayers of the priests and ministers. The revision of the Traditional Mass sought to cleanse from it any and all devotional prayers of the priest and minister as though these were somehow harmful to the communal aspect of the Mass. What a stupid mentality!
Thus the PATFOTA became the Penitential Act for everyone.Unfortunately more options were given that then destroyed what the Kyrie is meant to be as it was in the Traditional Mass.
If the Penitential Rite has simply been Form A or B, it would have been just fine and the Kyrie's true place and meaning would have been preserved. Form A is the Confiteor with the absolution and then the Kyrie. Form B is "Have mercy on us O Lord; For we have sinned against you. Show us, O Lord, your mercy; and grant us your salvation" followed by the Kyrie.
Not leaving good enough alone, Form C destroys the traditional place of the Kyrie and turns it into the Penitential Act which traditionally it is not. For C has a variety of options in and of itself, most found in the Appendix of the Missal. In this form there is a statement followed by part of the Kyrie:
"You were sent...Lord have Mercy; You came to call sinners...Christ have mercy; You are seated at the right hand...Lord have mercy" which is then followed by the absolution which destroys the integrity of the traditional place of the Kyrie which always follows the penitential act but is not a part of it.
For example, the Kyrie follows the PATFOTA in the Traditional Mass and is prayed at the altar itself but after the Introit. Thus the PATFOTA with their many absolutions are seen as seperate from the Mass's beginning. Not so in the untraditional revision of the Mass.
In fact, when Form C was first implemented in the 1970 Missal, it was allowed for priests and worship committees to make up their own versions which became like an examination of conscience. So sins were added to the tropes. One example is: Lord Jesus, we have committed extortion, Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus we have committed adultery, Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus we fail the poor. Lord have mercy." I hope this doesn't occur anywhere today.
To confuse things even more as it concerns the Kyrie, when the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling Holy Waters is used, it replaces the Penitential act altogether and also the freestanding Kyrie. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! Very nontraditional.
Masses at the Vatican with the Pope have rectified this. When the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling Holy Water is chosen, following its unique absolution (truly a new nontraditional concoction) the free standing Kyrie is nonetheless employed as it should be. This is traditional.
And now with the revision of the Roman Missal's vernacular the Nuptial Mass no longer has a Penitential Act. After the Sign of the Cross and Greeting, there will be a new introductory statement concerning Holy Matrimony and then the Gloria is sung (which was not prescribed in the older versions of the nontraditional Mass). The Gloria was sung the Nuptial Mass of the Traditional Mass but the vows were prior to the beginning of the Mass. After the vows, the Nuptial Mass began with the PATFOTA and then the priest ascended to the altar for the Introit, Kyrie, Gloria, Greeting and Collect.
We have implemented the new requirement that the Penitential Act be omitted from the Nuptial Mass in its nontraditional Order. We now chant the Gloria. However, since the Kyrie is not a penitential act when chanted or said in its freestanding form, it is sung or said immediately after the introductory words of the priest. The Kyrie is immediately followed by the Gloria and Collect.
Keep in mind, the Kyrie in its freestanding form is never omitted from any Mass even though the Penitential Act might be eliminated.
And as it concerns the Nuptial Mass, the Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling Holy Water can still be employed as an option followed by the Kyrie, Gloria and Collect even in the nontraditional Order of Mass which is the Ordinary Form.