I am watching with interest, Tweets and other reports on the conference in Rome marking the 10th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI’s document concerning the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, declaring that it was never abrogated and what was sacred remains sacred.
Cardinal Muller and Cardinal Sarah were among the speakers. I look forward to seeing translations of their texts.
The anniversary gave rise to a discussion on Facebook’s Anglican Ordinariate Informal Conversation Forum (it’s a closed group for which you have to be approved for membership) and whether Bishop Lopes had rescinded Msgr. Steenson’s directive that Ordinariate priests not celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass as part of their Ordinariate duties. I remember at the time of the directive there was some consternation about this and questions whether the directive was even legal, because it said a priest did not have to obtain permission from the bishop to celebrate the Extraordinary Form.
In the recent discussion, some where saying we in the Ordinariates should avoid getting involved in a wider liturgy battle that do not concern us. Here’s what I wrote:
The issue is not the EF per se. Even under Msgr. Steenson, Ordinariate priests were welcome to celebrate the EF when asked to by EF people, but not as part of the Ordinariate, or to displace Divine Worship Masses. One thing I think we in the Ordinariate have to watch out for is the uber-Catholic syndrome that can afflict relatively new Catholics. And this is the tendency to either Vetus-Ordoize or Novus-Ordoize everything. So we’re either wanting to do everything in Latin, or everything the Ordinary Form Roman Catholic parish does and our own patrimony gets neglected.
That said—I think all Catholics, whether Ordinariate or not, should attend different types of valid Catholic Masses so as to be enriched by them.
Last Friday night, the Frassati Catholic Fellowship Ottawa made attending our sung Mass marking the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary part of their weekly gathering.
So we had dozens of young people and a Roman Catholic deacon visiting Annunciation that evening. Afterwards, they all went to a local pub and I joined them. I think most of them attend St. Patrick’s Basilica, where the altar rail was never removed and though the Ordinary Form is celebrated there, it is always done reverently, and people receive Holy Communion kneeling at the altar rail.
Some of our young people also attend Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgies. We’ve had some of our people attend Bible studies at St. Patrick’s, which is a hub for Catholic lectures and events in the city.
St. Patrick’s is also where Archbishop Terrence Prendergast received us into the Catholic Church.
We also have people who normally attend the Extraordinary Form of the Mass come to Annunciation from time to time. Two Christmases in a row, we had a large family from St. Clement’s Parish —the women and girls all wearing chapel veils—come to Mass at Annunciation. Not sure why, maybe because it starts at 10:00 pm and not midnight!
I have been going to St. Clement’s as part of my First Friday devotion because they always have a beautiful sung Mass in the evening, with Adoration before and after, and priests in the Confessionals so it is easy to fulfill that requirement of the devotion. I am so thankful for the fact our Divine Worship liturgy has prepared me to understand what is going on in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms of the Roman Rite. And it has helped me understand the Mass when I’ve been traveling and it’s in another language.
It’s great that the Archdiocese of Ottawa includes Annunciation when it publishes the various Mass times and locations throughout the diocese.
We have such beautiful diversity within one holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church and our Anglican Patrimony is part of that unique, musical contribution to that joyous symphony.
That Pope Francis approved our Divine Worship: The Missal means we’re here to stay.