Thursday, 3 July 2008

Liturgical Rumours

The New Liturgical Movement has picked up on a rumour in an Italian weekly "Panorama" as follows:


The rite of the Mass could change. According to some indiscretions, Benedict XVI has charged the Congregation for Divine Worship to study some modifications in the liturgy. In particular, the Pope is said to have the intention to restore Latin for the formula for the Eucharistic consecration within the Mass in the "vernacular language", i.e. the one celebrated in the different national languages. The same could happen to the formulae of Baptism, Confirmation, Confession and of the other sacraments. In addition, the exchange of peace among the faithful during the Mass, which today takes place prior to the distribution of the Eucharist, could be anticipated (as in the Ambrosian rite) to the offertory so as not to disturb the recollection that precedes Communion.

These would be changes which would be added to the changes in the liturgy and regarding sacred vestments which the Pope, together with his Master of Ceremonies, Monsignor Guido Marini, has made in recent months, to recover ancient traditions: the restoration of the crucifix at the center of the altar, the distribution of Communion to the faithful in the mouth while kneeling, the recovery of the pastoral staff of Pius IX (the ferula), the changing of the style of pallium (the strip of white wool with red crosses worn by the Pope), the restoration of the papal throne used in the Consistory and the celebration of Mass with the back to the assembly, as happened in January in the Sistine Chapel.

Remember folks; these are just rumours. However, I'm sure many of us are pleased to hear this, particularly with regard to the place of the peace during the celebration. It was moved to its current place during the liturgical revisions of Gregory the Great. If it were moved it might prevent the chaotic general free-for-all that seems to take place in most celebrations of the current Novus Ordo. One wonders how many times Fr. Z will type the words "Marshall Plan" should he post on the matter...

1 comment:

Geoff said...

As an Anglican, I can say that having the Pax at the end of the Liturgy of the Word does nothing to prevent its abuse. It does, however, minimize the sacrilege, since the Sacrament is not yet confected.