Sunday, March 04, 2007

Mass-and-office Catholicism including the legitimate liturgical movement described 83 years ago by Kenneth Ingram:
... it is the Propers which should be made congregational. It comes as a revelation to the average Catholic layman to discover a book which gives him the Propers and leads him to realise the amazing wealth of liturgy which the Church has handed down for his possession. Virgin Mother of God, the whole world cannot contain him’, says the Church on Lady Day. ‘Yet made man for our sake, hidden he lies in thy womb.’ Or on Christmas Sunday: ‘When all things were in quiet silence and night was in the midst of her swift course, thine almighty Word, O Lord, leaped down from heaven out of thy royal throne.’ [Introit.] One could quote a hundred examples. The Catholic Revival will never be complete until all the words which the priest reads are familiar to the congregation, and every layman acquires the splendid heritage which has been bequeathed him by the ages.

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