14 October 2019

Canonisation

One or two random notes and queries arising from Sunday's liturgy.

Again, the rite used was that put in place by PF. It omits the formulae which had been added by Pope Benedict and which had enhanced the Magisterial status of the rite. Common sense suggests that canonisations in this reduced rite assert less certainty about the process.

The Greek Deacon omitted, I think, the Customary Kisses of the Hierarch's hand. Previous Greek Deacons have done them. Was this by instruction? Another example of the perennial tendency to latinise Byzantines?

PF is Bishop of Rome. It is strange that he did not use the Roman Eucharistic Prayer. Doesn't he like the job? Is he getting into retirement mode?

Some clergy, at communion time, gave the Host into the mouth of a recipient, even if s/he held out his/her hands; some went along with the wishes of the recipient. At one point there seemed to be an MC gesturing to the effect that reception should be in the mouth.

At the end, Lead Kindly Light was sung in Italian. If we are to have vernacular liturgy, it would seem common sense to have a text written by one of the canonizati sung in the language in which he/she wrote it. And after all, English is not exactly one of the world's rarest languages. I deplore the rabid and relentless Italianisation of the Catholic Church. My Father used to express the view that the Catholic Church might be OK for Eye Ties, but not for Englishmen. It is a shame that current Vatican policy appears to concur.

Who were the Anglican bishops near the pope? Was one of them a scarlet woman? Why do modern Anglican bishops shun the dear sober old patrimonial Penguin which was good enough for blessed William Laud? The C of E should put a stop to all this vulgar highchurchery.

What a wonderful showing all those Keralan Catholics, and the crowds of Syro-Malabar clergy, made!

PS The cameraman generously showed us quite a lot of shots of a particular chap sitting among the Great and the Good. He very extravagantly leaned sideways and forward while reaching behind him so as to give his bottom a good scratch; then engaged with his texting machine; then started picking at his fingernails. The poor fellow was very restless.  Does Novus Ordo liturgy have this effect on everyone? Is there a medical name for the physical consequences of Modern Liturgy? Are there known remedies?

Who was/is he?

10 comments:

Banshee said...

Since I just found out that Halloween was all about the 731 anti-iconoclasm synod, and Emperor Leo III refusing to let papal correspondence get past Sicily....

I also just found out that Rome had a big Syrian population during the 600's and 700's, and hence a lot of Syrian and Greek ethnic popes, who were interested in blending Greek stuff into the Roman liturgical customs. And they had Greek readings before Latin ones.

Banshee said...

Anyway, the history is important. But nobody brought it up during all this refugee mess, probably because most of the early medieval Roman Syrians moved to Rome to.avoid Muslim invasion. Pope Greg III was also the last non-European-born pope until Francis.

So I now need to learn more about Pope Greg IV, our other Halloween maker.

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

PF is Bishop of Rome. It is strange that he did not use the Roman Eucharistic Prayer. Doesn't he like the job? Is he getting into retirement mode?

Many men fear that because he has created a majority of the Cardinals set to vote in the next conclave that a Francis II is likely to follow his reign.


However, some men note that a reigning Pope can change the process whereby a Pope is selected/elected and because he is a humble and simple man one could forsee a change in which all of this complicated canonical rigamarole could be dispensed with and he could choose his own successor just before he retires and returns to the slums of Argentina.

ABS thinks that the way to put an Amazonian face on Catholicism is for Francis to abdicate after naming that tribal elder who showed up for the synod with a plate in his lip and so then we would truly have an Amazonian face of the church.

There is no telling what tribal wisdom and jungle theology could do for our church once we have had a few years of Pope Plate Lip the First.

Pelerin said...

Regarding vestments I learnt many years ago that magnificent vestments were made for the Celebrants to honour the glory of God. The Priest knows they are not for him. It was sad to see Pope Francis in his plain white and black vestments yesterday and all the Bishops in their plain white mitres. I would have thought such a celebration would have called for beautiful vestments. At least the Anglicans added a touch of colour!

And it is always sad to see so many of the congregation not joining in the Credo, Pater Noster etc. There was a time in living memory when every Catholic could join in the singing due to the fact that it was the norm at every Sunday High Mass in every parish to sing these in Latin. It is the same in Lourdes where I once witnessed an English group together with their priest chatting and laughing all through the singing of the Credo at the start of the nightly procession. Not to know it is one thing, but not to even recognise it as a solemn declaration of our Faith is something else.

Gil Garza said...

I agree with your keen assessment of the camera operator's editorial fascination with someone clearly experiencing the clinical consequences of the Modern Liturgy. The clinical description of this condition, most commonly experienced as a result of exposure to the Modern Liturgy is, "A feeling of fatigue, depression, or disinterest caused by a lack of challenging or meaningful work or stimulation."

vetusta ecclesia said...


I watched on EWTN where they have the infuriating habit of ove-voicing a translation of anything not in English. I so wish they would use sub-titles.

John Patrick said...

I didn't see the Mass - did he use the "dewfall" prayer? Of course PF is a busy man and I'm sure he doesn't want to be bogged down by long repetitive liturgies when there are more important things to do like plant trees in the Vatican garden and lecture clergy on proper attire.

John F. Kennedy said...

I think ANY pronouncement or "judgement" (who is he to judge anyway?) or off the cuff remark (is there any other) by PF is automatically suspect. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. PF may or may not match that accuracy record.

PF doesn't like his hands kisses. Remember the recent pulling away of this hands from the faithful? He prefers to do the kissing, usually feet of non-believers.

Oliver Nicholson said...

Who were the Anglican bishops near the Pope? One of them was surely (and appropriately) the Bishop of Oxford.
It is good that Trinity now has a saint, especially given that Balliol is now one ahead on Prime Ministers (4-3).

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

The cameraman generously showed us quite a lot of shots of a particular chap sitting among the Great and the Good. He very extravagantly leaned sideways and forward while reaching behind him so as to give his bottom a good scratch; then engaged with his texting machine; then started picking at his fingernails. The poor fellow was very restless. Does Novus Ordo liturgy have this effect on everyone? Is there a medical name for the physical consequences of Modern Liturgy?

It sounds as though the poor man is SAD owing to his having developed a Social Anxiety Disorder in response to the Worship Hack experiment by the church revolutionaries. He was prolly born after 1962-1965 BCE (Bestest Council Ever) and, thus, never had the opportunity to be bathed in the truth of The Real Mass and develop the spiritual antibodies necessary to resist the revolutionary infection.


Are there known remedies?

Yes, but it will likely irritate him at first owing to the way he has been taught/corrupted. He must regularly immerse his own self in the waters of restoration, AKA The Real Mass, and in less than year he will be spiritually sane, composed, and on the path to Salvation and Sanctification.