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Monday, November 2, 2009

Good Catholics Should Abandon The Novus Ordo Mass


THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT: For the last couple years, The Catholic Knight has been assisting at both the full Roman Rite and it's abbreviated form. By that I mean both the Traditional Latin Mass (extraordinary form) and the Contemporary Vernacular Mass (ordinary form), often called the "Novus Ordo" (meaning "new order") mass. I believed that as the Holy Father's liturgical reforms began to take shape, the celebration of the Novus Ordo mass in our diocese in Southern Missouri would improve. I have not seen this to be the case at all. If anything, it's gotten worse! Whenever there is an opportunity for liturgical abuse, it is taken, without exception. Whenever there is a chink in the armor of liturgical rubrics, it is exploited to the fullest, even to the point of ignoring the rubrics entirely. About three months ago I assisted a Novus Ordo mass at a nearby college wherein the priest continually stopped during the Liturgy of the Eucharist, to "explain" to the congregation what he was doing and what these things mean. About the same time, I learned that the liturgical director of our diocese has been privately requesting some priests do this. This is surly against the will of the local bishop, but so far, no action as been taken to correct the matter.

Now we have the latest abuse. Because of the swine (H1N1) flu outbreak, entire diocese across America are now being instructed by their bishops to refuse communion on the tongue. The reason given is fear of spreading the disease. However, participation in receiving the cup is still permitted. (Go figure!) In the previous 100 years prior to Vatican II, such a thing was never heard of. During the 1908 and 1918 flu epidemics, which killed literally millions of people, communion was still received on the tongue. Likewise, during the smallpox and polio outbreaks of the 1920s through 1950s, communion was still received on the tongue. The Vatican has specifically instructed all diocese throughout the world to make accommodation for communion on the tongue for all Catholics who want to receive that way, everywhere, and without exception. Yet we know that in this post-conciliar era the USCCB has been trying to buck this directive for decades, even to the point of issuing non-binding "official" documents stating that communion in the hand is the "norm" for Catholics in the United States. Thus they imply that if you receive communion on the tongue, that is somehow "abnormal." In turn, Vatican prelates have instructed Catholic Americans to ignore such ridiculous "official" statements from local bishop conferences (like the USCCB).

So my question is this. When does this illicit policy against communion on the tongue end? Does it end when the swine flu outbreak is over? What about the seasonal flu, which hasn't even started yet? Then after the seasonal flu, what comes next? Shall the bishops impose this same illicit policy during the next flu outbreak? If that's the case, why bother dropping the policy at all? Why not just keep it in force year round? Then what about other virus outbreaks? What about the threat of biological terrorism? Anthrax? Smallpox? etc. For that matter, I suppose just about any viral outbreak would qualify, since infants and the elderly die from common infections all the time. What about community acquired staff infections, or strep throat? Of course, TB is on the rise again, and is slowly reaching epidemic proportions. I suppose they'll have to ban communion on the tongue for that too. My point here is that this latest policy is just the next link in a long chain of liturgical abuses perpetuated by the USCCB and liberal clergy partial to the Novus Ordo mass.

These latest events have become the last straw for me. I have completely abandoned the Novus Ordo mass, and I am calling upon ALL faithful and orthodox Catholics to do the same. Yes, that's right. So long as Catholics continue to put up with one abuse after another, so long as we continue to tolerate it, then it will continue forever! English speaking Catholics now have three alternatives available to them...
  1. The full Roman Rite (extraordinary form) in Latin,
  2. The Anglican Use of the Roman Rite in English,
  3. The Byzantine Rite, or some other eastern rite in full communion with Rome.
Unless of course the abbreviated form (Novus Ordo) mass happens to be celebrated correctly at your parish, which is an extreme liturgical rarity, good Catholics should seek local alternatives. Sadly, the liturgical abuses have gone on for so long throughout the United States and Canada, that most North American Catholics don't even know what a proper liturgical celebration is supposed to look like. They've never seen it! It's sad but true. Therefore 'The Catholic Knight' blog provides you with these short (4 minute) videos demonstrating a Novus Ordo mass celebrated properly, and compared to the full Roman Rite (extraordinary form) mass. Remember, the Novus Ordo mass is SUPPOSED to be an abbreviated form of the Roman Rite. Basically the rule of thumb is this. A properly celebrated Novus Ordo mass should look and sound very much like an old Roman Rite Latin mass. If it doesn't, then it's not properly celebrated...

Novus Ordo Mass - Properly Celebrated


Full Roman Rite Mass
(i.e. "Extraordinary Form")



So I have a challenge for you. If you're a Catholic reading this, and you're not sure if your parish is celebrating the mass properly, according to the directives of Rome, then my challenge is that you look around. Look in the yellow pages of your phone book, and see if you can find an Extraordinary Form, Anglican Use or Byzantine Catholic mass in your area. If you can find one -- ATTEND IT! Try it out. So long as the parish is in full communion with Rome, it really doesn't matter what form of the liturgy they are using, as long as they're doing it correctly, and there is no Church law that says you can't go there. Try it out and see what you think. If you attend any of the above listed liturgies for any length of time, you will soon get a good liturgical sense about you, and you'll know if your previous parish was celebrating the Novus Ordo properly or not. Then you can make an INFORMED decision about whether or not the liturgy is being celebrated properly in your regular parish, and if you want to go back there.

That's the best advice I can give you in the liturgical crisis we now find ourselves in. The good news is that within a decade the crisis will be near over. Most of the retro-1970s priests perpetuating the problems will be retired by then, and the new priests coming out of seminary today are overwhelmingly traditional. Within two decades the crisis will be over, and the standard celebration of mass in the English speaking world will be either the full Roman Rite (in Latin) or else the Anglican Use.

Rumors have been confirmed that the Vatican is currently working on a total revision of the Novus Ordo mass, which is supposed to bring it more in line with the full Roman Rite (extraordinary form) mass. The success of this reform will be dependent on the priests, and if they are traditional enough to celebrate it properly. It is unknown as to when this new revision of the Novus Ordo mass will be released, and it remains to be seen how well it will be celebrated by young traditional priests who overwhelming prefer the full Roman Rite in Latin. Regardless of this, the coming revised English Novus Ordo mass will meet considerable competition in the English-speaking world with the newly emerging Anglican Use liturgy under the direction of the newly emerging Anglican Ordinariates. Good Catholic Americans must prepare for this inevitability. Start getting ready now, and get yourselves out of the Novus Ordo mass (unless it's properly celebrated) as soon as possible. Start looking around, new opportunities are presenting themselves everywhere, and you can always make a formal request for the full Roman Rite, or the Anglican Use, in your local area.

Full Roman Rite Catholic Mass


Anglican Use Catholic Mass


Eastern Rite Catholic Divine Liturgy


23 comments:

blackshama said...

The Novus Ordo reform should start with the use of Latin. We see the majestic simplicity of the Mass of Paul VI whenever it is celebrated in Latin

Andrea G said...

This is all so sad and all too true. However, unfortunately, the alternatives are not always readily available. My family and I have been pushing for the Tridentine Mass for a long while now in our city, and they've only allowed it so far, once a month at a local parish. Otherwise we go to Mass at a retired priest's condo. I guess we get what we pray for, so we all need to increase our prayers that much more!

Anonymous said...

So very sad. We unfortunately don't have a Latin Mass around that is an alternative for us. So we have to pray and attend the Novus Ordo Mass. I am very saddened by the announcement at Mass that Eucharist was to be received on the hand only. I haven't received on the hand in years. I called our diocese this afternoon and was told that if I wanted to recieve on the tongue I needed to speak to my priest and recieve Eucharist after Mass in private where the priest can wash his hands afterwards. So very very sad. I wonder what is next and what the next reason for not receive on the tongue will be. I fear it isn't long before it will be banned at all times.

Peter said...

Mr Knight, the past two sundays I have had the opportunity to attend a solemn high mass in a beautiful old (1843) italian neighborhood in So Philly. In both Masses, the celebrants (yes, not presider) said their VERY FIRST SOLEMN HIGH. One of the priests who sub-deadconed has yet to say HIS first Solemn High, needing more practice I was literally blown away by the choir, pipe organ and magnificent setting of the church. All the priests involved were either still in their 20s or very early 30s, ordained less than 5 - 6 years. I jokingly asked one of the young priests (he's all of 28) "ok, father, now how can you go back to the "table of plenty" ?" Raising his eyebrows he smiled and said "it aint easy, but in a few years the table of plenty will be gone." He commented that the diffculty is pastors who wont "schedule" a TLM for fear of "conflicting" with the NO, so he is reduced to saying the TLM in private. But exactly as you said, Sir Knight, the way to go is put PRESSURE on these throw back pastors from the laity. Father said rather umm "colorfully" "take your money where your backside is when it comes to going to a church with the TLM. Hit 'em in the collection basket" With your usual kind permission, I would like to copy your post. Pete Frey

The Catholic Knight said...

Permission granted of course.

Steve and Cindy Willmot said...

Sir Knight,
I agree. This past month has been very trying for our family. We have been searching for an alternative and have been unable to do so. Last year, we attended Latin Mass about an hour from us. That has since been dissolved. One summer, we drove 2 hours on Sunday to attended Mass at the FSSP chapel. That is no longer possible for us. We do have a Byzantine option. We have attended that before. We would have to really get used to that and we may re-consider that option. Our priest has yet to issue the no COT directive, but last Sunday I noticed his hesitation as I opened my mouth. It's coming. My soul aches. I continue to pray.

The Catholic Knight said...

Dear Steve and Cindy, you have to do whatever it takes to protect your family from the irreverence of the Novus Ordo status quo. I'm so sorry that the full Roman Rite is not available in your immediate area. Perhaps a written letter to Ecclesia Dei is in order. In the mean time however, if you have a Byzantine parish within reach, and that parish is in full communion with Rome, then the Lord has already provided for you. Do what you must.

Raphael said...

Catholics who live in the Macomb County area of Michigan are very lucky. There is a parish in Sterling Heights, Ss. Cyril & Methodius (website: www.saintcyrils.org), where not only do they celebrate the Novus Ordo correctly (as it is celebrated on EWTN), not only do they have confession a half hour before EVERY Mass, seven days a week, but they celebrate the Tridentine Mass every Saturday at 6PM. If only all parishes could be like this!

blackshama said...

Sir Knight

Can you link us to a YouTube video which shows how the Mass of Paul VI should be said according to what the Council Fathers intended?

The Catholic Knight said...

Blackshama, here is a link to one example of a Novus Ordo done correctly http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8qAKHSGS1o&feature=youtube_gdata.

This one just happens to be done in Latin, but it doesn't have to be. The same standards could just as easily be applied to an English Novus Ordo mass and I've been to some that were done that way.

EWTN also does a good job celebrating the Novus Ordo properly, mixing Latin and English in a tasteful and functional way.

As a general rule of thumb, you know the Novus Ordo is being celebrated properly when it looks and sounds a lot like the full Roman Rite (extraordinary form). It doesn't have to be in Latin. The language is not nearly as important as the form and reverence. So long as the basic solemnity is there, you've got the basics for a good mass.

Peter said...

good judgement, Mr Knight! Yes, when you see that the priest is obviously saying a reverent mass, no departures from the texts and a general atmosphere of revernce pervades the "assembly" No EME's, no guitars/drums/piano and solid preaching, you can safely attend. I have found such a parish in a Polish community with a beautiful Gothic church where only males are servers etc.I have encouraged trad priests to say the NO ad orientem.
But in response to the couple above, as I was told, it is up to the laity to PRESSURE their throw back pastors to insist on a TLM as a matter of right in their own parish, or at least a neighboring one. As i posted above "hit em in the collection basket if nothing else. Pete Frey

Anonymous said...

Sadly Mr Knight, the church you posted of the traditional form looks about as sterile as an operating room, and despite the dignity of the mass (which after all can be said anywhere) as i posted earlier "ambiance" is also crucial to lifting the heart to God in the celebration of the TLM, and why such "ambiance" is more appropriate for the empty, sterile banal NO. (No criticism of you is intended, i just thought "bleh") Pete Frey

Amy, MEV said...

While I truly appreciate your fervor (and agree with your point of view), I can greatly sympathize with those who must choose between an abusive NO Mass (hey; I just realized how ironic those initial are!) or not attending Mass at all. I once lived in a diocese where one could choose between EF and many properly celebrated NO Masses. I then moved to my current diocese, where I wondered if anyone even knew what the words orthodox and licit meant when applied to the Faith and Mass. I had the choice between horrible and horribly horrible, or no Mass at all. It was heart-wrenching, and I sadly left each and every Mass upset and angry. Our very small town was greatly blessed (on my birthday!) with a wonderfully orthodox priest, who does celebrate the NO Mass properly. He has a huge uphill battle when it comes to implement every and all changes, but he is progressing. I thank God for him at every Mass, and pray that more young priest like him (and a new, orthodox bishop - one year to go!) are on the way.

So have faith, and pray that the Mass will be paid its proper respect. And in the mean time, if one does have the opportunity to assist at an EF Mass, I say DO IT! (and while you are there, pray for those of us who do not).

blackshama said...

Sir Knight

The Novus Ordo mass video on your post seems to have a female altar server (or is it a boy with long hair?). While this may be allowed per Vatican directives at the discretion of the local bishop, there is still a question on how innovative this is and that it could be misconstrued as a step towards women's ordination.

Having altar girls may be inconsistent with the ancient tradition since that lay office is very muched linked to the priesthood exercised by the priest who has to be a man.

Anonymous said...

correct blackshama. Now in the NO, servers do little more than pour the water and wine, hold the sacramentary and MAYBE assist with Communion by holding the paten. In the EF, the role of the altar BOY is much more complicated, giving the latin responses, co-ordinating gestures and movements. Not that females couldnt do these things, but they are much more "priestly" actions since they enter into direct dialog (how i hate that word) with the priest. This is one of the errors one must lay at the feet of John Paul the Not so Great, since he "permitted" this as a "concession" when he could/should have said no. The problem is: will the limiting of serving by males be kept, or will the women whine their way into serving TLM as well. Many will no doubt have a hissy fit if they find out that little Suzie can't serve in Latin. Pete Frey

Anonymous said...

Mr Knight, I hope you have heard that the TAC has accepted the Pope's offer of reunion. Great news and the start of something really great. Pete Frey

and umm Mr Knight, let's hope that the Phillies can make another world series appearance next year.

pfinley said...

As always my brother Knight, you are dead on. I hadnt realized things were so dire in the diocese you are in. In St Louis there is progress occuring, but there is so much bad catechesis, that I fear the mass being restored cannot occur until we first fix the bad catechesis, or a certain generation passes into..where ever.

Anonymous said...

I have been on some Anglican websites that are so anti Catholic. I posted on a Catholic website about the hostile and hateful posts against the Church and the Pope and did I get blasted. I do hope that the groups coming in will be more in line with the Anglican Use priests and people (I was in one of the parishes who helped to establish it) Of course due to some Bishops we were not allowed to have an AU parish in our state. I am praying that now we will, if there are any Anglicans here that will be part of it. It is really a confusing issue and I have followed TAC from the beginning and many of the people really don't seem to understand what it means to be Catholic. Anglicans are a very mixed group, some are very protestant and even the Anglo Catholic ones don't all want to accept the Papacy. I tried to explain that Pope Benedict was not stealing Anglicans, that they approached him. There is no way to explain to many of them as they are so angry. I am just praying that the ones who do accept the offer will have the same attitude as the Anglican Use priests and congregations do. They have proven to be great Catholics in upholding the faith.

It is a shame that others have all the old biases. Let us all pray that in the end all works out to the good of those who truely want to be Catholic.

Carlos said...

There is nothing more regal and reverent than the Masses of Constantinople. = D

Anonymous said...

As a parishioner in southern Missouri, I always find the Sunday bulletin to be an interesting read especially when orthodox proposals for liturgy are made, i.e. the Motu Proprio and the more recent Missal revisions. In fact there's already been some grumblings about the new translation of the Missal in at least one parish bulletin, although it isn't nearly as bad as when the Motu Proprio was published. I can't wait to read what will be said after the total reworking of the Ordinary From.

KC

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post. I started a thread regarding The Tridentine Mass at St. John Cantius in Chicago that I recently attended (3x so far since Jan. 1). It may take a bit to download as there are several pictures on it, but I was in complete awe over the TLM, and hope it will now be our regular Sunday Mass church. Here's a link to TLMs in the United States and Canada: TLM location list.

The Rosary Online

Anonymous said...

Can you tell me where the music from the sections showing the Traditional Mass is from? I would love to have it on my computer to listen to.....
We go to the chapel at St. Joseph's College here in Maine. The priest there says a very proper and reverent Novus Ordo Mass, but I sure wish it was the TM.
Mary E from Maine

Aaron Karl said...

As someone who lives in London, England, and is fortunate enough to be able to attend the Traditional Latin Mass almost every day, I sympathise with your frustration, as I do with some of my friends who are simply not able to have such easy access to the TLM.

However, I'm not sure if it is really the correct thing to do to "boycott" celebrations of a particular form of the liturgy which is authorised by the Holy See. If those liturgies are not being celebrated in accord with the rubrics of the 3rd Edition Missale Romanum (2002), then one should complain to the Bishop. If you want to attend a celebration of the TLM and there isn't one, then ask for one, and be persistent, by all means. But "boycotting" a particular form of the Mass? We ought to be careful not to politicise the liturgy for our own purposes, which is exactly what the liberals have done.

I also think your prognosis for the future is a little optimistic. There's no doubt that many of the young Priests are much more traditionally-minded, but they don't have the liturgical formation to be perform the sacred rites properly. I know some very orthodox young Priests who do dodgy things during Mass, simply because they've grown up in the post-conciliar era and have no idea how to do things any better.

As for the supposed "total reworking" of the Novus Ordo, I think this is something which has been talked up by bloggers. We've yet to see any real evidence.