Now Fr Hunwicke is talking about liturgy

Here I wholeheartedly agree with the good priest.

 

We thought that there was a self-supporting, self-validating network of so-called ‘experts’ or ‘liturgists’ who were determined to impose their own very narrow group agenda upon the Church. Fr Butler confirms this. He tells us that the Roman document Liturgiam authenticam is “a laughing stock among academics and scholarly linguists”. Clearly, that last phrase means, in the Vernacular, ‘me and my chums and people who agree with us’. So Butler is not a lone, ridiculous, figure. His own claim is that he represents a significant group. These are, presumably, the same jokers who, when Joseph Ratzinger started to write about Liturgy, threw up their hands in outrage and cried “But he’s not a liturgist!” The ones with regard to whom somebody coined the good old witticism about what the difference is between a terrorist and a liturgist (“You can negotiate with a terrorist”).

Thanks to the way Bishop Robert Mercer (now Msgr Mercer), Fr Carl Reid, and Fr Kipling Cooper prayed the liturgy back in the days when I first darkened the door of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I received so much intuitively about Real Presence and the Sacrifice of the Mass.

Their orthopraxis, their reverence communicated so much more than volumes of verbal explanation.

Mercer especially had this quality of recollection about him that made time stand still so even I, with my wandering mind, could hear every word and experience a palpable sense of being lifted to heaven in our worship.

We are so, so blessed now to be Catholic yet to have all the beauty we brought with us in our liturgy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Now Fr Hunwicke is talking about liturgy

  1. Rev22:17 says:

    Deborah,

    You wrote: Thanks to the way Bishop Robert Mercer (now Msgr Mercer), Fr Carl Reid, and Fr Kipling Cooper prayed the liturgy back in the days when I first darkened the door of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I received so much intuitively about Real Presence and the Sacrifice of the Mass.

    Their orthopraxis, their reverence communicated so much more than volumes of verbal explanation.

    Yes, the Second Vatican Council spoke to this directly in the sacred constitution Sacrosanctum concillium on divine worship. Note the following paragraph (boldface added; citations removed).

    11. But in order that the liturgy may be able to produce its full effects, it is necessary that the faithful come to it with proper dispositions, that their minds should be attuned to their voices, and that they should cooperate with divine grace lest they receive it in vain. Pastors of souls must therefore realize that, when the liturgy is celebrated, something more is required than the mere observation of the laws governing valid and licit celebration; it is their duty also to ensure that the faithful take part fully aware of what they are doing, actively engaged in the rite, and enriched by its effects.

    Sadly, this “something more” seems to be lacking in far too many parishes.

    I have an idea. How about if we (1) send all current clergy on sabbatical, over the next decade, for liturgical and spiritual formation at a Benedictine monastery and (2) add a year of liturgical and spiritual formation at a Benedictine monastery to the present program of seminary formation?

    Norm.

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