Saturday, July 28, 2007

The Ordinary Form and the Extra Ordinary form

My co-bloggers have unleashed a shower of posts of a very high caliber, now hopefully i can express my take on the Forms of the Roman rite.
When I was in Canberra, my friends caught me saying what they believed to be intelligent and insisted i put it on the blog, so here goes.

My theory is that Before Vatican 2, the Church liturgically got it's self in a rut, the average parish Sunday mass was a low mass. I think this is because there just was a lot of laziness or lack of resources (no choir, or other clergy). Cardinal Ratzinger says in one of his books that the low mass became your standard parish mass. By use of simple reason we see that the Extra Ordinary form is very rigid when it comes to solemnity, but the ordinary form isn't, ie you can have incense at any mass or have a sung mass with out incense. So we see that the ordinary form appears to have been designed so you could have the most solemnity that you could, unfortunately the so called "low Mass" mentality was still at large after the implementation of the ordinary form and not only that but an "abusive" mentality flared up in the church, because of the Ordinary form's flexibility .

I myself like both forms, they both holy, but I prefer the extra ordinary form when done solemnly. The ordinary form has only it's flexibility going for it, compared with devotional qualities of the Extra ordinary form.

It will be very interesting to see this new development form maybe 500years in the future, will both forms still co-exist or will one become more dominant?

One of my current reading books is "how Christ celebrated the first mass" and apparently the first mass ever written is the divine liturgy of St James and the book goes on that the Roman rite was written by St Peter, quite interesting. I hope Elizabeth Harrington, will find out that there are more rites in the church, especially that the first mass celebrated by Christ himself was not a free for all, all encompassing and gender neutral affair, it was the Sacred passover a liturgy that was in the making ever since the Jews left Egypt!

I hope that the words of a young FSSP seminarian come true,
" I long for the days that the only argument in the church is, Lace yes or no"
Finally like my co-blogger has pointed out, that the CDF used this latest development for the more so called "controversial" document that they released regarding Vatican 2"


Stephen said...

One of the things that I have hit upon only yesterday is that the "Ordinary" form of the Mass is the general form whilst the "Extraordinary" form is more "boutique" ie. fulfilling the needs of people who find its form more attractive than the general form, and have a more mature vision of the totality of the Eucharist than most people in the pews.

The general and boutique forms of the Mass need each other, so that Gods Kingdom on Earth can be seen more clearly. In the MP, the Holy Father is wanting us to put out into the deep, into a deeper Communion with Jesus.

Fr. Reginald Wilson said...

Before V2 many priests celebrated the Low Mass like automatoms, some very badly. Some prided themselves on being able to celebrate daily Mass in 20 mins! They gave the appearance of being "cross-making" machines. All of this lead to the pressures on the Council to demand a shorter and simpler Mass. They got their new Mass and they were the first to abuse the "freedom" that was tacked on to it. Genuine reform requires a return to basics including faith and devotion.

Anonymous said...

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Jesus Christ. A Google search of the title comes up with disturbing links to the liturgy of the enemy - the real enemy. Just a friendly warning after some prompting from my Guardian Angel.

St Michael the Archangel, defend us!

I much prefer apparels, by the way.