Jonathan Day of Praytell asked a good question about UTC’s (Unreformed Traditional Catholics, a wonderful term I use in the most positive, reformed and redeemed way) and if they would not allow the Modern Order of the Ancient Mass (MOOTAM) if a pope abrogated it? What he meant was a similar arrangement that Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI allowed for the Ancient Order of the Ancient Mass (AOOTAM) that a future pope would allow for the MOOTAM if the AOOTAM became the normal Mass of the Church once again.
However, I think a third way is possible and most desirable and what Pope Benedict envisioned for the future. It won’t happen under this Uber progressive 1970’s pope we have now, but it could in the future if common sense prevails in the papacy and the Church, which I think the Holy Spirit of surprises will provide, not that I am a gnostic or anything like that.
And this new Missal that could supplant both the 1962 and 1970’s versions of the Roman Missal is staring us right in the eye and it is the Roman Missal called the Ordinariate’s Divine Worship, the Missal.
I am not say that that Missal should supplant the two missals I mention. But the sensitivities this Roman Missal, which is the reformed Mass of Vatican II, has toward tradition, especially that of the Anglican Communion’s High Church “Mass.”
It is basically a Tridentine Mass in the vernacular with archaic English that becomes a sort of “sacral” liturgical language.
I am not saying the new Missal should have a “sacral” vernacular language, our tradition is Latin that takes on this role.
I am suggesting that there be a new Roman Missal that allows more options explicitly mandated in the new Reformed Roman Missal:
The Traditional Ancient Order of the Mass which includes:
The Prayers at the Foot of the Altar
The rubrics for the approach to the altar afterward with the greeting “The Lord be with you” prior to the Collect.
The normal liturgy of the word with the modern Missal (and by way of exception the 1962 missal’s lectionary) with a Calendar more like the Ordinariate’s which is more like the Tridentine calendar.
The offertory prayers either in the traditional format with its rubrics or the modern version.
Following the Preface Dialogue, the order of Mass is exactly as the 1970’s Missal, except the reenchantment of the rubrics for the Eucharistic Prayer, which are only two, the Roman Canon for use on Sundays and the option of the Eucharistic Prayer II for weekdays (which is the Ordinariate’s compromise).
The option of a soft spoken or out loud Eucharistic Prayer.
The option of the Last Gospel.
The options in the Requiem Mass mandated for funeral Masses, meaning shorter prayers at the foot of the altar, no Glory be… and the Lamb of God with the changed endings for funerals.
Would any of this be so difficult?
Finally clear options for ad orientem and Holy Communion kneeling and at the altar railing.