10 responses to “An Apology for The Propers”

  1. Andy
    You are right about the Propers. I would also like to see the recitation of Sunday Vespers (preferably with Exposition) on be honored. This was called for specifically in Sacrosanctum Concilium, a Vatican II constitution, in paragraph 100:

    “Pastors of souls should see to it that the chief hours, especially Vespers, are celebrated in common in church on Sundays and the more solemn feasts.”
  2. JP
    I though it was interesting that this video (being so formal) had women servers. It isn’t something you usually see in (what I’m assuming is) a tridentine mass.
    1. JP
    2. Michael Schumacher
      It is not a Tridentine Mass.

      1. Rome has already cleared up any confusion: female servers are forbidden in the TLM (Universae Ecclesiae nn. 24 and 28).
      2. Concelebration is almost never allowed in the TLM, and certainly not at a Mass of the Nativity (assisting priests would have to be vested in cassock and surplice, or their proper choir dress if they are Canons).
      3. Use of the maniple is strictly required in the 1962 rubrics, and none of these men are wearing one.
      4. The celebrant(s) NEVER walk right up to the altar and kiss it as part of the procession in the Usus antiquior. They always must first pray the Confiteor and usually Psalm 42, and the corresponding Antiphon and Versicles.
      5. This is a Midnight Mass being celebrated on the High Altar of a major archdiocesan cathedral. It would be lovely if an archbishop were saying at TLM at the Throne for the Midnight Mass, but realistically I just don’t see it happening anytime soon.

      Amazing how when we see a liturgy that actually looks Roman Catholic, we tend to first assume it’s a TLM though….
  3. JP
  4. Michael Schumacher
    Perhaps hymns and/or motets should be used in the same way for the OF as for an EF Sung Mass: only at the Offertory, Communion and Ablutions (after the Communion antiphon has been chanted), and Recessional. In other words, hymns and motets may be added, but they may not replace part of the sacred liturgical texts.

    There’s no reason why we can’t have Byrd’s “Ave verum Corpus” during Communion, or “Holy God we praise Thy name” at the end of Mass, or an organ motet at the Offertory. But I agree, it’s far more important that the choir is singing the Propers.

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