Benedict Changes The Mass – The Study of the New Liturgy Assigned to the Congregation for Worship

The rite of the Mass [Rorate: i.e. the Mass of Paul VI] 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.

Many of the Council Fathers believed that this would be order of the reformed Mass: most parts in the vernacular and the (one and only) Roman Canon kept in Latin. In fact, the Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium did not seem to foresee the use of the vernacular during the Canon (cf. SC 36, 2; 54; cf. Inter Oecumenici, 57-59). [Translation by Gregor Kollmorgen for The New Liturgical Movement./Tip: Papa Ratzinger blog.]

7 thoughts on “Benedict Changes The Mass – The Study of the New Liturgy Assigned to the Congregation for Worship”

  1. Benedict is crazy. The mass is not a magic act. It is common worship by the people of God. Theater means nothing to God.
    This is a power trip by conservatives who want to ignore solving real problems.

    1. Skyrider, perhaps you might consider the possibility that you are the crazy one. 2000 years of tradition cannot be cast off as easily as you seem to think.

  2. So be it….I switched from the New Mass to the 1962 Mass in Latin after the decades of abuse of the liturgy and simply awful music…..At 39 I was a post Vat II birth but simply do not agree with what was done to the Mass in 1970…….Everyone should return to the Mass in Latin and if it is the vernacular that is desired ask and support that change..Even translated the 1962 Missal is a better representation of Catholic identity….Enough said..

  3. Skyrider,

    Pope Benedict is far from crazy. In fact, if one reads Summorum Pontificum one quickly comes to the conclusion that his reasoning powers are altogether balanced within the “Apostolic Letter”.

    I went to my first Traditional Mass two weeks back. (I’m a convert of 11 years). I assure you that I found absolute beauty, reverence, solitude, contemplation and holiness of rite. It is God who makes us holy, not we him.

    The truth is, both masses are of the same rite and therefore should be celebrated in accord with the will of visible head of the Church. We share in the same obedience…

    Both should be made available and celebrated in accord with the will of Christ speaking through His Pontiff.

    It’s time to bury the hatchet on the Vat II thing and restore unity through obedience to the directives of those rightly appointed to lead us.

    It appears that after two “conservative” papacies the Lord is closing the window in which Satan entered the Church following the Council… I fully accept the Council and support a proper implementation…

    Resistance is futile. Christ is speaking through the Church–addressing and solving real problems.

    peace to you and yours,
    james mary evans

  4. Mitchell,

    I’ve been spending several days and nights of late going over the 1962 missal following my first Traditional Mass. In the (very) near future this blog will be promoting Una Voce (Bend, Oregon) and their good works of helping to reestablishing the Trad Mass.

    They accept both celebrations. One can fall off the boat on both sides as I’ve learned. Long term, I believe the Trad will eventually reinvigorate (and teach) the meaning of the one sacred and all holy rite–this is, its mystical reality and reverence due it.

    I’ve been to reverent celebrations of the Novus Ordo and I’ve been to horrifying displays as well. Still, we must follow what’s established as the norm.

    james mary evans

  5. There is a serious point at issue. While the use of the vernacular is pretty well established; when travelling or visiting other countries/regions or among communities where the official vernacular is not the reality on the ground (there are many examples of this throughout Europe) it is helpful to have a standard and long estabilished use like greek or latin as the universal formula. This, regardless of local liturgical use and patient of them, would make it less focussed on official language and more on ecclesial practice. As an Ambrosian it strikes me that participants in the Mass could use the core of the liturgy in latin whether participating in the Roman or Ambrosian and speaking a different language to the Italian versions now in use in our communities, which many visitors to our regions may have difficulty in undestanding. English participants in Polish Masses and vice-versa will know this well. Orate Fratres!

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