So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Friday, March 13, 2015

Evelyn Waugh on participation in the Mass: "No need to shout."


“Participation” in the Mass does not mean hearing our own voices. It means God hearing our voices. Only He knows who is "participating" at Mass. I believe, to compare small things with great, that I “participate” in a work of art when I study it and love it silently. No need to shout.—Evelyn Waugh (7 August in the Year of Our Lord 1964).
Waugh, E. (2011). Letter to the Editor of the Catholic Herald. In Alcuin Reid (Ed.), A Bitter Trial: Evelyn Waugh and John Carmel Cardinal Heenan on the Liturgical Changes. San Francisco, CA: Ignatius. Retrieved from https://books.google.ca/books.
Follow up that citation with the following thought which should apply equally to the Ordinary Form (Missal of Blessed Paul VI):

Silence in the Mass is perhaps the greatest need of modern man because we so desperately need to peer into our souls, to enter into our own hearts, and to see there what God himself sees. In the silence of the traditional Latin Mass we can listen to God’s voice within us.

The silence of the traditional Latin Mass reveals so clearly that the Mass is not the work of the congregation, a performance which we manufacture in order to make God happy with us. Rather, the Mass is the work of God—it is Christ’s own work of Redemption carried out in our midst, on our altar. The Mass is not fabricated by man, it must be received in faith, and silence enables us to do just that: just as we do not "take" Holy Communion, but rather "receive" the Lord in the Sacrament, so do we receive Christ’s Redemption in the Mass. ("A New Look at the Old Mass").—Fr. Kenneth Myers, Diocese of Pittsburgh.
E. Woods Jr., T. Extraordinary Form 101: A Beginner's Guide to the Old Latin Mass. Retrieved from http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/extraordinary-form-101.

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