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The extraordinary video of the High Mass in Traditional Latin is posted! While ordinary, truly extraordinary and this should have been the template in using the so called reformed Roman Missal.
What, if any restrictions are there on doing the Novos Ordo in Latin, Ad Orientem, etc.?
MrMatt, did you watch any portion of the video. Our bishop allows the Ordinary Form in Latin to be celebrated the way I did, meaning, with an EF ethos, but it is the 1970 (2011 reform of it) Roman Missal. What did you think of this Ordinary Form Mass with the elements you wrote in your comment?
I did watch it. Very reverent and beautiful. I like the arrangement of the candles with the tabernacle as well as the traditional altar arrangement. I wish we had masses done this way at my parish. I was only curious if the mass restrictions extended beyond the Latin Mass itself, I konw there is always debate over Ad Orientem, altar arrangements and such. Good to hear that isnt the case! I may ask the local priest here to consider this!
And of course with the OF Mass and its flexibility, it could have been entirely chanted in English as well, but in the way shown. I know many here disagree with me, but I think the far majority of Catholics still practicing their faith would have no objection to an all vernacular Mass celebrated as I have shown but would complain about an all Latin Mass.
This is what the principal Sunday Mass could and should be like. I assume that Mass VIII (de Angelis) was chosen because the congregation is familiar with it, rather than Mass IX (cum Jubilo) which is customary for feasts of the BVM and during Christmastide.There is no reason why the sung Ordinary and Proper should not be in Latin even when the celebrant sings his parts in the vernacular. No choir worth its salt would want to be confined to music written after 1965. Your schola easily managed the Introit and Gradual (including its verse) but their penchant for slowing everything down meant that at times the Credo seemed in danger of grinding to a halt.One difference between the EF and OF is that far more of the OF can be sung, either in Latin or the vernacular. One aim of the reformers was to eliminate the Low Mass problem and the 'hymn sandwich' and get people to 'sing the Mass'. It was not an ignoble aim, and had the 'reform' not been so rushed it might, just might, have materialized. Nearly sixty years on we seem in most places to have got the worst of both worlds.Your parish is fortunate to have such a progressive (in the best sense of the word) pastor.
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