What did the Magisterium of Pope Paul VI teach about the the use of the First Eucharistic Prayer, the Roman Canon?
He made a legislative statement which he did not make with regard to the other three Prayers. It was that it semper adhiberi potest. This has a very valuable consequence. It means that a priest who resolves that he will use that Prayer invariably cannot be accused of lacking the true mind of the Church, on the grounds that he never uses three other authorised Prayers. It means that when the same text goes on to suggest that Payer II is most suitable on weekdays, this cannot be held to render the use of the Canon Romanus on weekdays to be inappropriate. To use EP I invariably cannot be contrary to the spirit of the new Ordo Missae, because this provision explicitly sanctions such a resolve. Since this Ordo Missae states on its first page that it is ex decreto of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council, it cannot, unless the Pope was lying, be contrary to the spirit of that Council invariably to use the Canon Romanus.
The Instructio Generalis also remarks that the Canon Romanus is used opportunius on the Sundays and Solemnities of the year; on the festivals of Saints whose names occur in that Prayer; and on days when Proper formulae are provided for the Communicantes or the Hanc igitur.
There are 52 Sundays in the year; and, by my rough estimate, 53 days covered by the other occasions thus listed. So, on something like a third of the days of the year ... and certainly on Sundays and Days of Obligation ... a strong preference for the use of the Canon Romanus is eminently in accordance with the expressed mind of the Legislator.
Even where the Pastor feels that he cannot celebrate versus Orientem or in Latin, surely he could, as a first step, restore the Roman Canon as the normative Eucharistic Prayer? Another indication of the Mind of the Church: this is exactly what the Ordinariate Missal has done! And I know a very flourishing Church in Connecticut where this is the rule!
30 April 2017
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I was in a Quebec seminary for two years. The Roman Canon was not used on one single occasion.
How timely! I attended an ordinary form Mass in the United States today (Sunday, April 30) in which we enjoyed Eucharistic Prayer II, with the added improvement that the Priest said "...for all..." instead of "...for many...," since, after all, who is he to have less authority to muck things up than our Holy Father and our Bishop? I left Mass a little early, when the tambourines were being banged.
Even here in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City which is not a bastion of liberal Catholicism, the EP II is used in the majority of parishes on Sunday. You see very few priests praying the Roman Canon in the OF. I am happy going to the FSSP parish for the TLM weekly.
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