Wednesday, December 9, 2015
KOSHER OR NOT? LICIT OR ILLICIT? I ASK YOU ANSWER
As the choir and congregation sing the Entrance Chant (even if not the actual Introit) the priest quietly with the ministers stops at the foot of the altar to pray the traditional Prayers at the Foot of the Altar) and then the priest ascends to the altar to incense it.
The Mass continues as usual.
After the Final Blessing and Dismissal, the priest reads the Last Gospel and the recessional begins.
I think the above is kosher because the prelude and postlude are add-ons and not a part of the Mass, similar to choral preludes and postludes.
However, what if I after incensing the altar began ad orientem with the Sign of the Cross, introductory remarks that then went immediately into the Kyrie and Gloria and I placed "The Lord be with you" after the Gloria and before the Collect and all in the manner and posture of a Solemn High EF Mass?
And what if I kissed the altar each time I turned from it towards the congregation and added more "the Lord be you's" as in the EF?
And what if I had the double genuflections and rubrics of the EF Roman Canon although read in loud voice in English?
And what if I asked the congregation to say with me the "Lord I am not worthy" three times instead of once?
How kosher would all that be or would it be illicit?