Friday, July 15, 2011

Quote of the Day.

I don't do a "quote of the day". But if I did, it would be this one. I saw this on Fr. Z's blog.

All this despite the fact that Archbishop Annibale Bugnini’s “euchological pluralism and rubrical flexibility” (his prodigality with forms of prayer and his leniency with liturgical rules), advocated over a supposedly rigid “fixism,” displaced the traditional collects from the Mass, promoted a radically simplified ceremonial that tires the eye and deadens the imagination, and introduced a three-year lectionary that contains too much spread out over too long a period to shape a pious memory effectively.


I am tired of hearing how wonderful the three year/two year cycle is when people defend the Novus Ordo. If you like the Novus Ordo better than the Traditional Mass, then fine. But I have never understood the position that more Scripture readings at Mass is better. Folks in the pews know less than they ever did, despite it being handed to them in greater spoonfulls.

5 comments:

Ryan Ellis said...

You have to make a distinction between the two efforts.

The Sunday lectionary was a great idea in theory (give people all four gospels over three years by leaning on the synoptics), but didn't work in practice. The second reading is ignored, and people can't remember gospel stories on a triennial basis. The solution here would be to allow the 1962 M.R. lectionary cycle on an annual basis as an option in the Novus Ordo.

I have to disagree on the weekday lectionary. In the old missal, this was either a repeat of the Sunday (if a feria), or an oft-repeated reading from one of the commons. Blah. No wonder people prayed the Rosary.

The new lectionary goes through the Old Testament in a serious way over a two-year period. Someone going to daily Mass has a better ability to absorb more Bible than Joe and Jane Sunday Catholic do. They likely are very serious about their faith, and are very active about reading the Bible, anyway.

One of the "mutual enrichments" I hope to see is the allowance of the weekday lectionary in the Extraordinary Form.

Rich said...

I agree with Ryan. It was better having a one-year cycle for Sundays because people would have at least 52 Gospel passages memorized due to annual repetition. In fact, certain Sundays of the liturgical year were named according to the Gospel reading because people had that familiar association of date and reading.

As for daily readings, it was meager fare. While Mass isn't "Bible-study" time, it is a good thing to have some variety with so many laymen going to daily Mass.

Moonshadow said...

too much spread out over too long a period to shape a pious memory effectively.

This is ironic because, just this morning, I was thinking how familiar the Gospel's parable was to me. Not that I claim to have a pious memory. Even my ten-year old was familiar with the reading.

And the second reading, though only two verses, were also well-known.

(There are still times when the Sunday Gospel has been read during the week.)

So, I guess I disagree with that comment while I see nothing wrong with questioning whether more Scripture at Mass is necessarily better.

F.G.S.A. said...

Hallo Matthew

some appositely:

concerning the psalter.
i received yesterday, sent by a friend in France, the Psalterium Monasticum as published by the Monastery of the Barroux in France:

http://www.barroux.org/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=277&category_id=148&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=189/index.php?/?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=277&category_id=148&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=189

This is a Latin-French monastic psalter arranged after the Rule of Saint Benedict. It was first published in the early decades of the last century. The Barroux reprint is, in my estimation, simply superb-sturdy and solid. I like the feel of the cloth binding.

On a more practical note, this book contains the whole Psalterium-it includes the psalms, antiphons and prayers of the Nocturns-but not, as you would guess, the lessons. Its emphasis, of course, is on the ferial office. An advantage is that the hymns contained are the unBarberinied ones. It includes extracts from the Temporal as well.

A great resource for those who would like to focus on the ferial office and follow the Benedictine weekly psalter

The only disadvantage to Anglophones would be the French (Crampon) translations. Btw, notes from the Fathers are also included in the lower part of the page.

Could be used conjointly with the Diurnale, Antiphonale and Nocturnale. Or with the Monastic Breviary Matins from Lancelot Andrewes press.

Matt said...

I am sorry but I completely disagree that even the weekday readings are better simply because they vary and cover more of the text. In fact in some ways the weekday readings are the problem.

The weekday readings prevent us from recovering some venerable traditions such as some octaves that (in my opinion) should be returned.

Ferial days in the traditional calendar are most likely not celebrated as Sunday anyway, but used for Votive Masses either suggested for the day or at the discretion of the celebrant. I think I have been to one or two daily Masses where Sunday is celebrated again.

I get a lot from repetition. And so I enjoy having the same readings from time to time. But I see the primary function of participation at Mass as being worship.

"The whole truth is generally the ally of virtue; a half-truth is always the ally of some vice." - G.K. Chesterton