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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Assumption - and Change can be Good!

Here is about a 10 minute clip of this morning's Mass for the Assumption at St. Anne's Church, San Diego. St. Anne's is a personal parish which is solely dedicated to offering the Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

The video covers from the incensation just before the Lavabo (washing of the hands) to just before the "Nobis quoque peccatoribus..." in the canon. If you're new to the EF I highly recommend sitting in the same approximate seat I was, because you can see the priest's motions quite well with his blessings over the chalice etc. I have no idea how the people way the heck at the back left are in more than "ballpark." It was a missa Cantata. Half way between a low Mass and a High Mass. No subdeacon or deacon. But singing, and a fairly full completement of servers, incense and singing. The have a very good choir, it was nice to hear O Sanctissima towards the end of Mass.

I did notice one thing in particular, the Propers for the Mass, i.e. changeable parts, were completely different from the 1920s & 1940s to the ones given in the '62 Missal. For instance, the gospel reading in the 1920s was the story of Martha and Mary, and today's Mass had the gospel reading for the Visitation. [Every other proper, save the preface, was different too.] So sometimes these tweaks were for the better.

And WHAT IS WITH THE US Bishops saying today was NOT a Holy Day of Obligation? Either these bozos are serious about holy days, or they're not. Which is it? Then they act surprised when people don't show up for Holy Days. Is it any wonder people don't show up if the bishops take the attitude "oh, deary me, we'd be expecting them to show up for Mass two whole days in a ROW." It was my understanding that they would NOT muck around with Dec. 8th and Aug. 15th. Sucks to them.

The "Amazing Fr. G." [aka Fr. Carl Gismondi], also gave a very nice sermon, saying that the Assumption was the completion of her Conception. From her first moment of existence she was saved in a special way by God from the stain of sin, and her body did not become corrupt in death. She challenges us to keep to our own baptismal purity from stain of sin.


ArchAngel's Advocate said...

The reason for the differences in Missals is very simple. The Dogmatic Definition of the Assumption, while always an element of the Deposit of the Faith (Sacred Tradition), wasn't promulgated until November 1, 1950 by Pope Pius XII, therefore wasn't on the Universal Calendar (the Immaculate Conception was promulgate by Pope Pius IX on December 8, 1854)

gemoftheocean said...

Yup, that figures. But you have to admit that the Marth/Mary story (one of my favorites, BTW) simply didn't fit! But not only did that part of the proper change, but also the introit, et al. Some of which would have been fine!

I've had fun the last few months comparing the two missals. 95% of the time, it's the same BUT this one really went all out on change from the 20s job.

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