Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB at Praytell should stick to Gregorian Chant, his field of expertise, and refrain from silly posts criticizing the liturgical aspirations of many who would like to see the post-Vatican II Roman Missal experience some organic development and recovery of certain aspects of the pre- Vatican II Mass which would enhance the “new” Mass.
Here’s a recent tweet from a U.S. bishop:
“If I was in the position to design the celebration of Mass, I would use the vernacular for the readings and orations, Latin and Greek for the chants and the Institution Narrative in Aramaic which was the actual language of Jesus. I would also blend the two types of the ritual.”
Nope. Not me. When I think about “designing” the Mass, I think instinctively of how Mother Church has already done that. The above plan would wipe out wide swaths of Vatican II, the work of Paul VI in implementing Vatican II, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, and the prescriptions on music found in Musicam Sacram (Rome, 1967) and Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship(U.S. Bishops, 2007). It also steers clear of the main message of Pope Francis’s motu proprio of last Saturday, which doesn’t speak of blending “the two types of the ritual,” but puts forth the Missal of 1970 (with its GIRM) as the way forward for the pope and the bishops in communion with him.
On grading Fr. Anthony’s post above, I would have to give him a big fat zero! Nope Fr. Anthony, you are wrong and His Holiness, Pope Francis is the one who PROVES it. He did exactly what Bishop Sticka hopes for the normative Mass on the one Roman Rite and I have proof!
The only revised Roman Missal approved by the Supreme Pontiff, Pope Francis, is the Ordinariate’s “Divine Worship, the Missal.” Yes, you read that correctly. He was the one who gave his imprimatur to release this revised post Vatican II Roman Missal in 2015. There is no other Roman Missal with Pope Francis’ name in it.
And guess what this 2015 Roman Missal approved by Pope Francis allows? It allows the Anglican Liturgical patrimony compatible with Catholic doctrine. It allows for archaic English. It blends the pre-Vatican II Roman Calendar with the post Vatican II Roman Calendar. It recovers the pre-Lenten season of Septuagesima. It recovers ember days. In its appendix it recovers elements of the order of the pre-Vatican II Mass, with the Aspereges as a prelude to the Mass and in the older form; the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar and a recovery of the ancient order of the Introductory Rite—PATFOTA, Kyrie, Gloria, Greeting, Collect; It allows for the Gradual; it allows for the older former of the Offertory Prayers; It allows for double genuflections at the consecrations and one at the end of the Great Amen. It allows for the triple “Lord, I am not worthy…” and it allows for the Last Gospel.” And the missal has the pre-Vatican II look for the Introit, Collect, Gradual/Tract, Offertory Antiphon, Prayer over the Offerings, Communion Antiphon and Post Communion Prayer. Who approved this, Fr. Anthony, and whose name is associated with it? THE SUPREME PONTIFF, POPE FRANCIS, 2015!