a minor friar blog: In Defense of the Novus Ordo Missae

This friar takes a closer look: For the fortieth anniversary of the Novus Ordo Missae this past weekend I have read many stern evaluations of its legacy and reception in the blogosphere and even in the secular press. So I thought that perhaps it would be a good and healthy thing to make a post … Continue reading a minor friar blog: In Defense of the Novus Ordo Missae

THE OTTAVIANI INTERVENTION II — Summary dismissal in 1969 of the New Order of the Mass

Objections summarized: Among other points, the Study [by theologians convened by Vatican’s chief doctrinal guardian as Secretary of the Holy Office] maintains that the faithful “never, absolutely never, asked that the liturgy be changed or mutilated to make it easier to understand.” “On many points,” the study says, “it has much to gladden the heart of even … Continue reading THE OTTAVIANI INTERVENTION II — Summary dismissal in 1969 of the New Order of the Mass

How the mass has changed theologically, a thumbnail sketch

Was going to put this up one segment at a time. Instead, here’s the whole thing. A lot to swallow but food for thought. In any case, demonstrates how big the change was. A Liturgical Rupture The Traditional Mass The New Mass A sacrifice linked to the sacrifice of the Cross, expressed in: 1. Offertory … Continue reading How the mass has changed theologically, a thumbnail sketch

THE OTTAVIANI INTERVENTION — The battle was joined

Gauntlet laid down in Vatican 2 struggle over liturgy: Editor’s Note: The New Order of Mass was introduced on April 4, 1969. On June 5, 1969 Alfredo Cardinal Ottaviani of the Holy Office, and Antonio Cardinal Bacci, along with a group of Roman theologians, presented Pope Paul VI with a Short Critical Study of the … Continue reading THE OTTAVIANI INTERVENTION — The battle was joined

A Doctrinal Comparison – The Traditional Mass vs. New Mass, Sacrifice vs. Meal

A liturgical rupture: The Traditional Mass The New Mass A sacrifice linked to the sacrifice of the Cross, expressed in: 1. Offertory = oblation of the victim 2. Double consecration = immolation of victim 3. Communion = consummation of victim The entire Mass is directed toward the sacrificial act. Sacrifice is the primary end; thanksgiving … Continue reading A Doctrinal Comparison – The Traditional Mass vs. New Mass, Sacrifice vs. Meal

Chicago’s St. John Cantius Sunday mass in English . . .

A hybrid that eliminates 90% of the  objectionables: 1. Latin choir Gloria, Credo, etc. Vernacular is impinged, not eliminated. Music possibilities muy enhanced. 2. Ad orientem. Features mass, not priest as constant preacher. Worshipers are with him as he too prays. He is not the miked announcer. 3. Kneeling at rail for communion on tongue. … Continue reading Chicago’s St. John Cantius Sunday mass in English . . .

Jansenists, strictest of the strict, promoted liturgical reform a la Vatican 2 . . .

. . . in the 18th century, according to a “non-Tridentine [non-Trent] model,” say scholars who researched Jansenist liturgical reform. (As cited by Brian Van Hove, S.J. in the American Benedictine Review, “Jansenism and Liturgical Reform,” in 1993.) An American, F. Ellen Weaver, noted these changes which are familiar to us today: . . . … Continue reading Jansenists, strictest of the strict, promoted liturgical reform a la Vatican 2 . . .

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