Thursday, February 22, 2007

More on the need for liturgical reform

Is there need of a new liturgical reform?

Abbot: I believe that the Dogmatic Constitution Sacrosanctum Concilium was a response to a widely held conviction that the liturgy needed a reform. The Council Fathers were seeking to bring out the community aspects of the mass, as well as make it more effective in teaching the truths of the Catholic Faith. Unfortunately, the theological necessity for a continuity in the underlying doctrine and structure of the celebration of the Mass in its preconciliar and post conciliar forms had undergone a rupture or break with Tradition. That is what we are dealing with today. The Second Vatican Council clearly called for some modest reforms in the liturgy, but it intended them to be organic and clearly in continuity with the past. The Old Rite becomes a living treasure of the Church and also should provide a standard of worship, of mystery, and of catechesis toward which the celebrations of the Novus Ordo must move. In other words, the Tridentine Mass is the missing link. And unless it be re-discovered in all its faithful truth and beauty, the Novus Ordo will not respond to the organic growth and change that has characterized the liturgy from its beginning. This is what should be prompting many of us to the founding of a new liturgical movement which will be able to give back to the liturgy its sacramental and supernatural character, and awaken in us a faithful understanding of the Catholic Liturgy. – From an interview with Abbot Christopher M. Zielinski OSB, Our Lady of Guadalupe Abbey, Pecos, New Mexico

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so very difficult to find a hat that looks this good on everyone...

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But how very lovely that it can be done...

1:48 PM  
Blogger Sorka said...

Its an odd little hat dating back to medieval times. Why would anyone want to wear it? Does it keep ones head warmer than a regular hat?

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Central Valley Catholic said...

The Abbott hit the nail on the head. As a 40'ish man who grew up with only the Novus Ordo and has come to love the traditional rite, I agree. I am blessed with an indult Mass within five miles from my home. The catachesis is always there in the old rite, in the new it is clearly a touchy feely experience, alot of hype but no substance. I have assisted in the old rite with priests from their 30's to their 70's and it seem to me there is far more zeal in priest when they use the old rite. Just my opinion. As always Father, thank you for your service as a priest.

9:53 PM  
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