I attended a TLM funeral Mass today. I know this man - the priest - to be well regarded as a spritual advisor, and of some renoun as a homilist.
I must say I was dismayed and saddened by his choice of homily subjects.
The funeral was for a friend - a man who died young, with three small children. It is a perplexing tradgedy that God allows - for ends that are hard to see for now…
The priest said the word “Mercy” but once, and only because he was quoting St. Maria Alacoque.
His manner was cold, his judgment severe, his Latin fast (but accurate), and he seemed to pick and chose what parts of the Mass he wanted to use. My daughter tells me he has the latitude to exclude parts of the Mass if he wishes… a criticism I have often heard aimed at the Novus Ordo.
NONE of the TLM regulars sang any portion of the Mass available to them to sing - something my NO children managed to do at their first TLM Mass.
Well, I did not need to complain here - my real question is fairly technical.
The priest opened the service - I say “service”, for he made the distinction that what he started doing was not the Mass - with a fairly hurried reading of a New Testament passage, and a similar reading of the Gospel, followed by a “homily” that began with an explanation of the actions of the TLM, and ended with a lecture about the enivitability of death, and the ease of entering into mortal sin.
NOT a consoling word about the Mercy of God for the grieving present, or the Hope of Christ for the deceased.
A truly tragic case of the priest seeing a fresh crowd, and deciding he needed to instruct us poor ahearents to the NO just how woeful our faith was…
Is this “prelude” to the Mass common?
Can he pick and choose sections of the TLM Requium Mass that he can use or not?