24 December 2016

Judica me Deus

One of the joys of the EF and of the Ordinariate Form is the Introibo ad Altare Dei with the Psalm at the foot of the altar, and the sense it has of human uncertainty and weakness being supported by the knowledge that one is young-every-morning (qui laetificat iuventutem meam); and the wonderful bit where I express my wobbly feelings and the server in his most robust tones instructs me to stop whinging and pick myself up and just get on with it (Spera in Deo ...). And as I walk up those steps to the Altar, I know that I am in the footsteps of Abraham and of the Incarnate Word Himself, going up ad montem sanctum Dei et ad tabernacula eius, to the one and only Place of Sacrifice where Shed Blood expiates. The only thing that troubles me is the thought that I really ought to get round to making an honest man of myself by changing my surname to Cohen. What greater privilege is there than offering every morning the One Great Sacrifice of the Lamb, which fulfills and clasps together the differentias hostiarum? The Preparation at the foot of the Altar is the perfect preparation for this mighty Action.

A correspondent has asked me how the old Praeparatio might be incorporated into a reformed Novus Ordo. Our splendid Ordinariate Missal makes this very clear. You just bung it onto the the start of Mass, before the Priest goes up the steps to kiss the Altar. After all, in the monocultural 1970s mainstream Novus Ordo they have the illegally interpolated Versicle and Response V Good Morning Every--Body. R Good Morning Fa--ther, a useless duplication [cf Sacrosanctum Concilium 50] of Dominus vobiscum, so it can hardly be dangerously improper to say a psalm and to acknowledge ones sinfulness immediately after the Entrance.

(Then, in the Ritibus Initialibus of a Said Mass without music, because the People will have heard already the Confiteor, one could use the farced Kyries, i.e. the Kyries with penitential interpolations.Or, in view of the relaxed ease with which 'mainstream' celebrants omit the Sermon and/or the Creed whenever they happen to feel like it, one could just omit the novus Ordo Confession. Despite Paul VI's naughty little fib in the eighth paragraph of Missale Romanum, the corporate Act of Reconciliation is not 'patristic'.)


Becket said...

I've seen it done in the sacristy beforehand with the servers. Seems like a nice compromise.

Jacob Hicks said...

That's how they do it at S. Gabriel, Walsall.

Fr Anthony said...

I recommend (based on Dominican usage) for the Novus Ordo:

Say the vesting prayers whilst vesting. Say the BCP "Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open..." and then the "Judica me" Psalm. Go to the altar [prepare the chalice], say the usual modern Roman rite "penitential rite".

Say "Our help is in the name of the Lord. R. Who hath made heaven and earth"

Go up to the altar with the "Aufer a nobis" prayer and kiss the altar. Then say the Introit verse and the Kyrie, etc., etc.

Fr. Anthony

Anonymous said...

I say, begin in sacristy with

1) Recitation of Psalm 84(Sunday), 85(Mon,Thur) 86(Tues,Fri) 116b & 130(Wed,Sat) (of course with antiphon)

2) Pater Noster

3) Versicles and Responses

4) The Seven Prayers to the Holy Ghost (which, of course, includes 'Almighty God, unto whom...' #2)

5) Vesting prayers

6) Bow to Crucifix (please, don't say "Let us go forth..." that's for Palm Sunday)

7) Ring the bell!

8) Say the Preparation so everyone can hear, in a clear voice (though it's better if folks don't participate - it's between the celebrant and the competent minister)

9) Proceed as usual, with caution.


Doing it the right way may incur super-abundant grace. Please, be advised of the consequences.

Unknown said...

Saying or attending different rites can be very confusing. I never cease to be amused by how many times I have been to the 6pm Latin OF Mass at the London Oratory and the entire congregation and celebrant have got about half way through the EF confiteor before having to start again with the new form.

Anonymous said...

Would it possible in the modern Roman rite to incorporate the Asperges/Vidi Aquam at the beginning of the Mass and then go straight away to the Kyrie and if so what would that look like? where would the Judica me be recited in this instance?

Unknown said...

I know it makes great sesne to say "Intoibo ad altare Dei" in the sacristy but what a feeling of awe there is when a priest stands at the foot of the altar, especially if it is a splendid High Altar, and with his eyes towards that altar says those words!

Christopher Boegel said...

I think it is crucially important for the people at Mass to hear this intoned: I will go up to the altar of God...the God who gives joy to my youth.

And for the Confeteor to be said with the invocation of St. John the Baptist.

Christopher Boegel said...

Merry Christmas Fr. Hunwicke.

Anita Moore said...

In an age when we have priests advising us from the pulpit that the Eucharist and the hierarchy of the Church are not of divine institution, I wish more of them WOULD omit the homily.

The Introibo ad altare Dei is one of my favorite parts of said Low Mass, too.

John said...

In the old Carmelite Rite the celebrant recites the Iudica me while processing to the altar. Abbot Cabrol in his "Mass of the Western Rites" says that the Carmelite Rite and the old rite of York were closely related. Unfortunately he doesn't give any citation for this or any further information. But perhaps there might be a bit of a patrimonial relation there.

Sixupman said...

There is so much that is moving and reaching into one's inner-self within the 'Old Rite' and seemingly absent from the 'New Rite'. Of course, and it has been said before, if the wanted the vernacular, they could have used it, but they wanted a new rite and made sure of the redundancy of the 'Old Rite' by also changing the Lectionary. I am of an age where daily BBC Choral Evensong could be followed with my larger pocket missal. As a slight aside: a priest friend when carrying out The Ablutions, utilises the 'Old Rite' formula - much more expressive of that which had taken place.

E sapelion said...

It is certainly possible to use the Asperges in place of the Penitential rite, but confusingly the missal then indicates that the Kyrie is omitted. This is strange because the Kyrie, unless already used in option 3, occurs after the absolution, and one would suppose the absolution concludes the penitential rite, or is it a celebration of the absolution? Confusing (as is using the word absolution)! (a bit of a liturgical mess).

Anonymous said...

I think it would be wonderful for the prayers at the foot of the altar to be recited as part of the Ordinary Form of Mass or at least as an audible devotion before Mass begins; and the recitation of the "last Gospel" afterwards too. I think there is a much greater chance of that spreading as a custom among sound-minded priests than offering the Eucharistic Prayer facing East at the moment. But hearing these prayers regularly would go a long way to planting in people's mind again the truth that the Mass is the Eternal Sacrifice of Christ offered on our altars. It would be a great way to call people to attentive prayer before Mass begins and perhaps even more urgently ensuring some brief respite of reverence in church when mass is ended. I know the purpose of liturgical prayer isn't primarily didactic, but these prayers would have to be in the vernacular most of the time to have that desired and desirable effect on the majority of people in this day and age.

A happy and blessed Christmas to you Father, and thank you for all your thoughtful and thought provoking posts.

Sixupman said...

Prayers at the foot of the altar and those shared with the congregation after a Low Mass are greatly missed, as also the "Last Gospel". The (NOM) Gospel this a.m. being a version of the
the (TLM) "Last Gospel" appears to be a convoluted rendition with attachments - it failed to 'flow', in the poetic sense, with too awkward a language. A version not to be recommended. I had to refer to my unused NOM Missal - which almost requires a 'Philadelphia Lawyer's' mind to navigate, not conducive to taking to Mass, both as to formulae and bulk.