Monday, March 13, 2006

Criticising the Roman Mass in practice
From Fr Anthony Chadwick and Cacœthes Scribendi

• One need not be a Novus Ordo neocon to agree that apeing the dead-silent Irish piety of the 1950s or trying to dig up dead rites and uses isn’t the way
• Those neocons are rather like those trying to make something Catholic out of the Tudor communion service! (Except Cranmer’s English is better and even more orthodox, with deferential expressions literally translated from or based on the Latin that show a Godward worldview.)
‘Mass started with singing of a good, old-fashioned hymn, played from a pipe organ located in the loft above our heads.’ It may be German or Polish influence but chances are one can thank Anglican and Lutheran influence and the old, legitimate liturgical movement for that: as Thomas Day will tell you it wasn’t standard ’50s ethnic-Irish RC fare.
Traditionalism isn’t about Latin but liturgical language is a natural religious instinct, as Protestant use of the King James Bible shows and indeed the English-speaking world prays the Our Father in the idiom of that period. The Eastern churches often use archaic forms of their languages liturgically.
• Most people in the Western Rite Orthodox experiment don’t try to dig up pre-C11 Western usage and don’t pretend to
• Those among them who know better agree that byzantinising the Roman Canon with a descending epiklesis is as unhistorical, unnecessary and offensive as sticking statues in an Eastern Orthodox church. Chances are that canon is older than the Byzantine Rite ones being imitated.
‘Spikey’: I resemble that remark

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