Tuesday, November 14, 2017
BEFORE POPE BENEDICT ABDICATED, SHOULD HE HAVE NOT OFFERED A PAPAL DECREE REQUIRING THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS TO BE CELEBRATED AS THE EF MASS IS CELEBRATED?
John Nolan indicates if the Ordinary Form Mass is celebrated in Latin with the proper chants and ad orientem, most Catholics today would be hard pressed to tell the difference between it and the EF Mass, especially if Holy Communion is received kneeling.
Why o why, didn't Pope Benedict issue a papal decree stating the following about the Ordinary Form of the Mass especially once the EF Mass had been firmly entrenched in the modern Church following Summorum Pontificum?
Papal decree stating the following would lead to authentic liturgical renewal and not in any way call into question Vatican II's actual desire for the Mass but also allowing for organic development since the 1970 Roman Missal was issued:
The OF Mass will now have three categories, Low, High and Solemn High.
When this Mass is celebrated in the vernacular or Latin, the proper chants for the Introit, Offertory and Communion antiphons must be used.
The Mass normally should be celebrated ad orientem. As the Introit is chanted, the priest kisses the altar, incenses it, it used and then faces the altar at its center and begins with the sign of the cross. Then he kisses the altar, turns to the congregation and greets them with "The Lord be with you" and then invites them to prepare for the celebration of the Sacred Mysteries. He turns to the altar, bows and leads the congregation in the Confiteor, absolution and then the chanting of the Kyrie and Gloria, then he goes to the Epistle side of the altar where the Roman Missal is and chants/says the Collect.
All sit for the Liturgy of the Word as is commonly celebrated in the Ordinary Form.
After the Homily, the priest faces the altar for the Credo and Universal Prayer.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist follows. Each time the priest turns to the congregation, he should kiss the altar.
After Holy Communion, the priest returns to the Epistle side of the altar and prays the Prayer after Holy Communion. Then he returns to the center, kisses it and tuns to the congregation for the greeting, blessing and dismissal of the Mass.
He goes to the foot of the altar, bows or genuflect and departs with the other ministers. A recessional hymn may be sung.