This Guy Really Nails It!

Ever read an article and say to yourself; “nobody could ever have said it better than that” ?

I found this gem in today’s New Oxford Review and it is a wonderful and thoughtful unfolding of many of the components of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form – which can be somewhat intimidating to those who approach it as an intellectual exercise as they are familiar only with the new Mass and perhaps may get stuck on the Latin – as opposed to the common or colloquial.   The Latin Mass is so much more than “common”!  I digress.

Here is a short snippet:

The Latin Mass After a Year’s Attendance

By Richard Upsher Smith Jr.

It is clear, then, that not only are words associated with sacrifice sacrificium, hostia, oblatio, offerre, suscipere used less frequently in the New Mass, but the mental world of the Offertory has been made shallower, and in some ways even trite. Where the Latin Mass weaves together the sins of all men in the Church Militant and Expectant, the entire redemptive work of Christ, the condescension of God, and the work of the Church Triumphant on our behalf, what does the Mass of Paul VI offer? “Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation”! The notion of sacrifice is still present, but the profound richness of the concept has been lost.

Another example of the weakening of the sacrificial mental world is the new Mysterium fidei. As I grew more accustomed to the extraordinary form, I noticed that it makes clear that the Mysterium fidei is the “chalice of my blood, of the new and eternal covenant.” But in the ordinary form, the Mysterium fidei has become, in two cases, a declaration of the congregation’s faith, and in the third case, a plea for salvation. It is no longer a statement of what has now occurred on the altar: the re-presentation of Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary.

I urge you to go there and read the rest!

-Allan Gillis

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