Any one catch the Midnight Mass last night?
One thing troubled me. The use of laity as readers. I think this is the basis for the abuse of lay people (mainly women) reading the Gospel.
I can see this extension. You can not tell me that in Rome they could not find enough ordained people to do the readings. The Gospel was read by a priest, why? Why not a deacon? Why not have deacons do all the reading or re-institute the office of lector. I know many parishes call their readers lectors but in reality a lector is ordained. It is a minor holy order.
I was glad that the man who read the epistle was identifed by Archbishop Foley as a second year seminarian but why was he not in some sort of vestments or clerics or even a cassock? You should be able to tell a seminarian apart from the laity.
I know some people here seem to have gotten the idea that I do not care for the Latin rite, but those people could not be father from the truth. They seem to think that because I prefer the Liturgy in the vernacular and that I have a preferance for the current Mass over the old rite, that I am against tradition. Again, couldn’t be father from the truth as it is part of tradition to follow what the Church, the Magisterium, the Holy Father teaches. Which at this time is the current Mass and the vernacular. Yes there should be some Latin, as well as Greek, in the Mass but I do not think it should be totally in Latin.
Hope that clears somethings up.