Saturday, December 23, 2017
CAN THE CURRENT ORDINARY FORM MASS ACTUALLY EMBRACE WHAT VATICAN II TAUGHT, GIVEN THE FACT THAT IT DOESN'T NOW? YES, YES, YES
How can we make Pope Paul VI's Mass actually reflect Vatican II without a complete overhaul of it or a complete restoration of the 1962 Roman Missal--which would be unfaithful to an Ecumenical Council?
It is what I have been saying ever since I have been blogging and before and it is what Fr. Anthony Ruff just wrote yesterday, finally showing even he is coming around:
Apart from what I may think about Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, or the high medieval offertory prayers of the Tridentine missal, or ad orientem, or any number of things, I would be willing to talk about the provision of all sorts of generous options or even requirements if – if – they helped...
Thus there is nothing to change within the Latin template of the 2011 Roman Missal, other than fixing the General Instruction on the Roman Missal and adding an appendix for some important options and mandating some current options:
1. Sacrosanctum Concilium stated that Latin should remain in the Latin Rite Mass and some vernacular allowed. I would recommend that the Propers not be just an option easily replaced with hymns but these be mandated from the Roman Gradual and in Latin--this is an extremely important clarification for the GIRM.
2. Ad Orientem or the Benedictine Altar Arrangement clarified and strengthened in the GIRM.
3. The Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, the older version of the Offertory Prayers and rubrics that are closer to the EF Mass as a way to strengthen and add rubrics in an appendix of options which could eventually become required
4. Kneeling for Holy Communion and eliminating Holy Communion received in the hand--this is more important than 1, 2 or 3 above!!!!! It will emphasize the Kingship of Christ as the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity and be a big step toward the recovery of reverence which Vatican II never wanted to eliminate!