[quote=Lanciano]The Mass has not changed. There is just two Masses. Even Pope Paul VI said he did not restrict the Tridentine Mass. He even said that he would not take that away from priests. It was the bishops that put the restrictions on the Tridentine. The Tridentine cannot be restricted. Read Quo Primum.
John Paul II would only say that he wanted the new Mass said. That is different than restricting the Tridentine. He even said it should be made available to those who wanted it. Trouble is he left it up to the bishops to make it available.
Not meaning to nit-pick but there is only ONE Mass. Jimmy (or Karl, I am not sure) was discussing this on CAL a few days ago. There is ONE Mass and several different Missals for saying the Mass. Currently, there are two main Missals for saying the Mass in the Latin rite of the Church, the Missal of 1962 (TLM) and the Missal of 1968 (so-called Novus Ordo). There are other Missals which are approved only for use within religious orders. But it is all the same Mass.
To those of you who are suggesting a rotation of the Tridentine Mass:
What would you do about servers? Rotate them, too? What about the choirs that sing the 1962 Mass? How about the schedules at those other parishes that would necessarily need to be modified to accomodate the extra time (and traffic)?
This would be my suggestion:
Train a team of altar servers at each parish that is on the rotation. We aren’t talking about rotating to every parish in the diocese, just to every section (geographically) in the diocese. In the G-H diocese, an easy way to do this would be one per deanery or even one per viacerate. I think there are 6 viacerates and maybe 20 deaneries. In most of the parishes, in our area, a Mass could easily be added or one converted for using the Missal of 1962, especially if it was on a rotational basis and not every week. The parishes most likely to “get” the rotation would probably be those where a lot of people would go to the Indult Mass and release space in the other regularly scheduled Masses.
As for the choirs, they are not required in the 1962 Missal. Low Masses don’t have them at all and even for High Masses, the Congregation can sing instead. You do need to get your organist some new sheet music, though. Of course, it would be lovely if the diocese would support a few scholas to go and sing at various parishes for High Mass. (Sigh)