Skip to comments.Vatican preparing guide for priests on how to celebrate Mass
Posted on 01/18/2013 5:39:30 AM PST by NYer
This could have interesting ramifications, judging from the comments below. From Zenit:
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments is preparing a booklet to help priests celebrate the Mass properly and the faithful to participate better, according to the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.
Cardinal Antonio Cañizares confirmed this Tuesday at an address at the Spanish Embassy to the Holy See on “Catholic Liturgy since Vatican II: Continuity and Evolution.”
“We are preparing it; it will help to celebrate well and to participate well. I hope it will come out this year, in the summer,” the cardinal told ZENIT…
…When speaking of the liturgy, continued the cardinal, one must not forget what the conciliar document states: “Christ is always present in his Church, especially in the liturgical action. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, be it in the person of the minister, ‘offering himself now through the ministry of the priests as he then offered himself on the cross,’ be it especially under the Eucharistic species.” …
…He stressed that the objective of the liturgy “is the adoration of God and the salvation of men,” which is not a creation of ours, but source and summit of the Church.”
The prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments criticized existing abuses such as showmanship, and praised moments of silence “that are action,” which enable the priest and the faithful to talk with Jesus Christ and which exclude the predominance of words that often becomes showmanship on the part of the priest. The correct attitude is the one “indicated by Saint John the Baptist, when he says he must decrease and the Messiah must increase.”
The cardinal criticized the effort to make the Mass “entertaining” with certain songs — instead of focusing on the mystery — in an attempt to overcome “boredom” by transforming the Mass into a show.
He added that the Council did not speak of the priest celebrating Mass facing the people, that it stressed the importance of Christ on the altar, reflected in Benedict XVI’s celebration of the Mass in the Sistine Chapel facing the altar. This does not exclude the priest facing the people, in particular during the reading of the word of God. He stressed the need of the notion of mystery, and particulars such as the altar facing East and the fact that the sacrificial sense of the Eucharist must not be lost.
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o back to the old Latin Mass and the respectful celebration of the mass. Let organs replace the geetars...and stop the handshaking. Stop the everyone and his brother giving speeches from the pulpit. The existing way is demeaning to God.
Go back to the old Latin Mass and the respectful celebration of the mass. Let organs replace the geetars...and stop the handshaking. Stop the everyone and his brother giving speeches from the pulpit. The existing way is demeaning to God.
Don’t they have this thing called “The Roman Missal” which tells them how to celebrate Mass?
It needn’t be either or.
The Latin Mass should be way more accessible. Maybe one per parish would be ideal—perhaps one shared among a few neighboring parishes if that’s not possible.
Second, keep the English Mass, but move it a bit more in this direction:
Doesn’t matter what language the liturgy is in...just make it a dignified, reverent liturgy.
Wonder if more than 7 people will read this.
Exactly - no need for a booklet.
I like the sign of peace and shaking hands. I don’t like the standing when we should be kneeling, In the western states they tell you not to knell after Communion. I ignore that.
Actually, the "official" term is General Instruction Of The Roman Missal"
Despite those instructions, some of the more progressive priests and bishops have figured out ways to interpret them to suit their style of worship. This 'abuse' led to the creation of this site: Is Your Mass Valid? Liturgical Abuse, which demonstrates how these clergy weaseled instructions through manipulative interpretation.
That said, your point is well taken. If they ignore the official book, will they respect a "guide"? What would be helpful would be to convert the abuse web site into a guide book for the faithful so they can monitor and report on their respective parishes / dioceses.
The priests are the leaders and example of the flock. Perhaps the hope of those in Rome is to inspire more reverence from the people in the pews by asking the priests to attend to their own reverence of the mass.
I have seen all forms of disrespect during the mass in the pews, and fixing this comes from the top down.
Our Parish has Mass in Italian once a month because it is the area settled by and still populated by a lot of Italians. It is still a pretty conservative Parish.
I’m with you. I have attended Latin Mass and I thought it was good, and will go again, but I really think that my home parish is really warm and welcoming compared to the Latin Mass congregation. I think that level of warmth and joy was hard won, through years of encouragement to smile and greet our neighbors. That is worth keeping.
And the standing up after Communion stinks. People are standing, sitting, kneeling. You lose that moment of quiet prayer.
We had a guest from Switzerland who wanted to go to Latin rite. So we found one here, 30 miles away during one of the hottest Augusts on record. I knew I had to wear skirts below the knee and cover my arms but the first time I forgot I had to have my hair covered and I was glared at. I corrected that. That Sunday the priest in his homily told the young men of the parish that it was not their job to police what people wore at Mass. After Mass we did visit briefly with an older couple and the wife said that she believed that if her children weren’t good practicing Catholics in this rite that she would not go to heaven. Our friend never did receive Communion because the assistant priest who heard confessions all through the Mass would not let him. That was enough. I didn’t go again.
Are you sure that was an indult Mass, approved by the local bishop, and not something run by a schismatic group? I’ve been to a diocesan indult Mass regularly, as well as a couple of different FSSP parishes. (FSSP = pretty strict) A lot of women wear head coverings, but I’ve never heard or seen of anyone being glared at because they didn’t wear one.
That would be a good option. No one who wants to attend a Latin Mass would be very far from a Parish that offered one.