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Differing Expectations

posted Oct 9, 2014, 6:08 AM by Rochester Ordinariate
Here at St. Alban's we sometimes discuss the fact that our visitors who come for a later 12:30pm mass are not prepared for what they experience.  I was reminded of that by a recent post by Fr. Hunwicke, who is traveling and comparing his experience of Sunday mass with what the norms should be.   In particular, he refers to the use of E.P. II in place of E. P. I or even E. P. III as something not encouraged on Sundays and solemnities by the general instructions of the Roman missal.  Does this also apply in the U.S. ?  I, like Fr. Hunwicke, rarely hear anything else when I visit parishes either here in Rochester, or elsewhere in the U.S.

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Better News

Fr. John Hunwicke
The second Sunday of our visit to England's North, we had a much better experience than we did in Father Etiam Vaticanior's church. I was grateful for it: one does not want to come away from Mass miserable and depressed two Sundays running.

This time, the Novus Ordo was done in an almost legal way ... and more importantly, in a reverent and joyful way. A sermon was preached, for which the pastor had clearly worked hard to bring the liturgical readings for Holy Cross Day ... Crouchmass, as we call it in the Patrimony ... to life for his people, so as to connect both with their intelligences and their emotions. We were allowed to say the Creed. Fr Etiam could benefit from being sent on a Placement to this church so as to learn how to do liturgy from his brother priest and from the servers, musicians, and people.

I make two points in a sincerely humble and purely positive way.
(1) The pseudo-Hippolytan Eucharistic Prayer II was used. The GIRM expects Prayer I, the Roman Canon, to be used on Sundays and festivals, or at least Prayer III. I believe I have read somewhere that the Bishops have a canonical duty to moderate the Liturgy within their jurisdictions; I wonder how often they draw this point to the attention of their presbyters, since my impression is that this particular abuse is so common as to be almost universal.
(2) The hymns chosen had no relevance to the Festival of the Holy Cross. Perhaps Father had not drawn this point to the attention of his Director of Music? This created a thematic dissonance.
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