Wednesday, December 30, 2015
THE MASS SHOULD PRODUCE A PIETY OF HUMILITY AND SELF-ABASEMENT IN THE PRESENCE OF THE MIGHTY GOD, PRINCE OF PEACE, LORD OF LORDS--HOW WELL DOES THE NEW ORDER OF THE MASS ACCOMPLISH THIS?
The humility of Our Divine Lord in the manger, and its stark contrast with our own often grandiose self-appraisal was a particular motif of the catechetical reflection the Holy Father offered to the pilgrims and visitors gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the event.
“This is a great mystery,” said Pope Francis, departing from his prepared text in Italian, “God is humble.” He went on to say, “We, who are proud, full of vanity, and who think ourselves great stuff – we are nothing. He is the great one: He is humble, and He makes Himself a child.”
The Traditional Order of the Mass, in my most humble opinion, produces in those who participate in it, be they clergy or laity, a humility and self-abasement that forms Catholics to be humble and self-deferential to the Holy, the Sacred, to the Lord.
Think of the postures the laity take during High Mass in the Traditional Order of the Mass:
1. They Kneel for the Introit and PATFOTA and Kyrie and only stand for the Gloria and Collect.
2. They genuflect at the Incarnatus Est of the Credo and kneel from the Sanctus to the Pater Noster.
3. They kneel for the Agnus Dei and hear the priest recite the "Domine Non Sum Dignos" three time and then they recite it three times also after the "Ecce Agnus Dei," striking their breast for it as well as for the Agnus Dei.
4. They humbly approach the altar railing and knee to receive Holy Communion and return to their place and kneel with head buried in their hands to contemplate so great a Mystery that God deigned they should receive.
5. They stand for the Prayer After Holy Communion, Kneel for the Final Blessing and depart in silence after making a prayer of thanksgiving.
Compare the above to the postures of the laity during any Mass in the New Order of the Mass:
1. The congregation stands and remains standing from the Processional hymn through the Kyrie, Gloria and Collect.
2. The congregation stands and should bow (most don't) at the "Incarnatus Est" of the Creed.
3. The Congregation stands from the "Orate Fratres" through the Sanctus. They kneel for the Eucharistic Prayer.
4. They stand from the Pater Noster through the Agnus Dei and do not strike their breast at the Agnus Dei tropes.
5. They recite with the priest the "Lord I am not worthy" but one time without a strike of the breast.
6. They cue up for Holy Communion, receive standing and moving on the hand as they pop the Host in their mouth and try to sing and return to their pew for more singing either standing, sitting or kneeling depending on local custom.
7. They stand for the Prayer after Holy Communion as well as the final blessing.
The law of prayer is the law of belief.
In my humble opinion, the Traditional Order of the Mass produces more humble Catholics whereas the New Order of the Mass seems to produce haughty Catholics. Just my opinion and certainly not across the board for all Catholics are their malformed haughty Catholics.