This is important, because if the reforms to the liturgy are accepted as "valid" by the SSPX, it would signal the end of the virtual schism between Rome and the SSPX. In addition, it would also signal a new era of ecumenical relations with the Eastern Orthodox churches, who haven't taken Rome seriously since the Novus Ordo mass went into effect 38 years ago.
The following is a video from Bishop Bernard Fellay of the SSPX, in which he mentions the changes now underway in Rome.
The new mass, prepared for us in secret, will largely reflect the sights and sounds of the old Tridentine mass, except it will continue to be said almost exclusively in the vernacular. Latin will be reintroduced to the mainstream church, but only in small quantities, particularly during the consecration of the Eucharist.
Let the word go forth from this blog to the ends of the earth that our days of waiting in the wilderness are coming to an end. Let us prepare for this with prayer for the Holy Father, and for those in charge of the new liturgy. Let us also pray for our local bishops and priests, that they will receive these changes with charity and tranquility. Finally, let us begin to ask ourselves what we can do to help the Holy Father. His vision is to "upgrade" the Novus Ordo mass, so as to make it the best of both worlds - both contemporary and traditional. The English mass will continue to be celebrated in English - mostly - but we must ask ourselves how to restore the traditional elements of the mass, once lost in the chaos following the introduction of the Novus Ordo. To do this we must look to the Extraordinary Form (Tridentine) communities in the Church. There we will find our examples. Off the top of my head, I can think of a few things the coming new liturgy will need....
- Choirs that can sing Gregorian Chant. Can you sing? If yes, we'll need you to get involved with your parish choir and get your choirmaster updated on the coming changes in the not-too-distant future.
- Alter servers that know when to ring the bells at the consecration, and can handle incense. What's that? Don't have bells and incense in your parish? Get some!
- The new liturgy may mandate certain changes be made to the alters and vestments. Parish councils should make financial preparations for this, as well as finding potential suppliers.
- The new liturgy may also mandate a central location for the tabernacle. Parish councils should make financial preparations for possible renovations.
- Priests should brush up on Latin pronunciation for the Eucharistic prayers, and perhaps start watching some training videos for the Tridentine mass, for the specific purpose of adding similar gestures and forms to the celebration of the coming reformed Novus Ordo liturgy.