I heard a young woman on a YouTube video saying; “We do not need to change the Holy Latin Mass, we need to let the Holy Latin Mass change us.” What profound words this young woman spoke.
If we could only open our hearts and enter into the silent mystery of the “Mass of All Ages”, we would be satisfied and no longer need to be “creative” every Sunday. We cannot compete with concerts, movies, Las Vegas and TV. These hyped-up entertainments keep people satisfied for a few hours. The Holy Latin Mass keeps us filled up for all eternity.For hundreds and hundreds of year,s MOST Catholics only went to the Holy Latin Mass. Yes, there were the Oriental Divine Liturgies too. But the major part of the Catholic Church has been Roman, using the Roman Latin Rite.
Now, all of a sudden in 1969, Pope Paul VI and Bugnini had to come up with something modern for “modern man”. Since then, modern man continues to change and change the New Mass. You can go to any church in the Catholic World and find a different “version” of the Novus Ordo or New Mass of St. Paul VI. Life Teen Mass, Charismatic Mass, English Mass, Spanish Mass, early morning quiet mass, Organ Music Mass and children’s Mass.
Each “Presider” or “Celebrant” has his style too and does it “his way”. And some people are happy, others just go, and others leave because it did not suit their “Taste” or “beliefs”.
Before 1969, just the opposite was true. You could go to any Roman Catholic Church in the world and find every Latin Mass the same all day long and in every parish. The only differences you would have found was a “sung Latin Mass (Missa Cantata) or a Low Latin Mass (no singing) or the Missa Solemne (Priest, Deacon, and Subdeacon and sung).
The individual priest had absolutely no say about changes or his own “personal touches”. He was obliged by pains of mortal sin to never change the Rubrics of the Holy Latin Mass.
God has used the Holy Spirit to guide the (very slow) development of the Holy Latin Mass over the centuries. Why do we think we, in a few years and a few studies can improve on the beautiful sacred work done the Holy Spirit. After all, the Holy Spirit is the “creator” and is therefore “creative” in God’s time and way.
We see this in the Hymn “Veni Creator Spiritus” by Rabunus Maurus (776 – 856)
|VENI, Creator Spiritus,
mentes tuorum visita,
imple superna gratia
quae tu creasti pectora.
|COME, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
|Qui diceris Paraclitus,
altissimi donum Dei,
fons vivus, ignis, caritas,
et spiritalis unctio.
|O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
|Tu, septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae,
Tu rite promissum Patris,
sermone ditans guttura.
|Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father, Thou
Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
|Accende lumen sensibus:
infunde amorem cordibus:
infirma nostri corporis
virtute firmans perpeti.
|Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
|Hostem repellas longius,
pacemque dones protinus:
ductore sic te praevio
vitemus omne noxium.
|Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
|Per te sciamus da Patrem,
noscamus atque Filium;
Teque utriusque Spiritum
credamus omni tempore.
|Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
|Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio, qui a mortuis
surrexit, ac Paraclito,
in saeculorum saecula.
|Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.