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).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Lost cause? An appeal of sorts for liturgical sanity... or a brief rant.

Is the quest for liturgical authenticity a lost cause?

Ordinary Form, Ordinariate Form... less so with the Extraordinary Form—priests (and/or oppressive laity) seem to have their greedy little hands all over the Mass in any of its incarnations.

Everyone seems to have their own opinion about how the Mass should be celebrated, and therein lies the problem. Christ is, it would seem, whoever you want Him to be. The connection between the Liturgy and the Person of Jesus is all too frequently lost among the mob's political preoccupations, the mob that fashions the Liturgy in its own image.

Appreciation for the details—the very necessary details—is a lost consideration among the liturgically challenged. Appreciation for nuance is mired in narrow provincialism or, in the case of progressive know-nothings, recreated in the image of the 'whatever-goes' parish nazi.
Consuetudo sine veritate vetustas erroris est. Custom without truth is simply error grown old. — Saint Cyprian of Carthage. Letter to Pompeius, 73/9.
Is it too much to ask that the Mass be celebrated with dignity, the same attention and care no matter the locale?

Forget the "inculturation" paradigm; it's part of the problem. Jesus is obscured by our petty or trite convictions that reduce the Mass to an image of 'me', or worse 'my (twisted, narcissistic, hedonistic contemporary) culture'. Is it too much to ask that, rather than reinventing the Mass from week to week, the Mass be celebrated coherently with a mind to Tradition, the same Tradition received from the Apostles?

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