Winds of change are blowing


#1

Pope’s upcoming Apostolic Exhortation likely to call for increased liturgical solemnity, reintegration of Latin

Vatican City, Mar. 20, 2006 (CNA) - In June Pope Benedict XVI will receive the final proposal from the recent Synod of Bishops for the drafting of his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist. The commission of 12 cardinals and bishops from around the world, led by the secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Nicola Eterovic, will meet in June to present the Holy Father a final proposal based on the 50 propositions that were made at the conclusion of last October’s Synod.

According to a Vatican source, the commission will approve “a proposal and a plan for liturgical reform,” which will be made public in the Apostolic Exhortation that the Holy Father will tentatively issue in October.

The Vatican source said that the exhortation would include an invitation to greater use of Latin in the daily prayer of the Church and in the Mass—with the exception of the Liturgy of the Word—as well as in large public and international Masses.

The document would also encourage a greater use of Gregorian chant and classical polyphonic music; the gradual elimination of the use of songs whose music or lyrics are secular in origin, as well as the elimination of instruments that are “inadequate for liturgical use,” such as the electric guitar or drums, although it is not likely that specific instruments will be mentioned.

Lastly, the Pope is expected to call for “more decorum and liturgical sobriety in the celebration of the Eucharist, excluding dance and, as much as possible, applause.”

Source: catholicnewsagency.com/new.php?n=6280


#2

Sounds great to me.Get rid of the hippy bands.


#3

the news article is interesting, but I don’t trust such documents that are leaked so much in advance. I think almost anybody can speculate on what the Pope might say, assuming what he has already expressed about a concern for the liturgy.

It seems to me that if the Holy Father does not limit the variations in the Mass, his directions will miss their mark, and there will only be more intentional “misunderstanding” in the future. We will see more chaos.

But, nothing would be lost by allowing TLM accompanied by English or Latin hymns.

Absent the teaching sisters who used to indoctrinate generations of Catholic children, there would have to be some substitute.

Also, I don’t think kids should be obligated to attend Mass until a certain age. Maybe that age is 6 or 7, but I don’t any Mass, in English or Latin, can really be geared to a child’s interest, nor should it be. But, I’m open to wiser thoughts on the matter.


#4

Wouldn’t that be something!

The document would also encourage a greater use of Gregorian chant and classical polyphonic music; the gradual elimination of the use of songs whose music or lyrics are secular in origin, as well as the elimination of instruments that are “inadequate for liturgical use,” such as the electric guitar or drums,

How many times have I wrote about this on this very site! Oh please please please let it be so.

although it is not likely that specific instruments will be mentioned.

I’m afraid that if they don’t mention specific instruments, most parishes will try to wiggle out of following the intent of the guidance.

Lastly, the Pope is expected to call for “more decorum and liturgical sobriety in the celebration of the Eucharist, excluding dance and, as much as possible, applause.”

How I have been wishing for this too! Imagine going to a reverent mass for a change. How I have wanted this in my own parish! I will be praying for all of these things.


#5

I have read several articles where they are teaching Latin in high shools again. I have no idea of how this figures into the topic, yet I think it is so important that it become a studied language again.

I remember the awe of kids who understood it and knew how to use it. It seems like that disappeared after Vatican II also. So maybe in mankinds history there is a spiritual part that is taking place calling man back to basics in language. As the Church moves back so does the secular world. I just find it an interesting correlation.

Am I making any sence?


#6

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