JUNE 3, 2013
What’s happened to the Liturgy of the Holy Mass?
THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED REGULARLY FROM MY EMAIL ARCHIVES AND EARLIER REPORTS AS WELL AS FROM NEW INCOMING MAIL AND FROM NEWS STORIES
The Liturgy of the Holy Mass, especially on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, and more especially on the days when local church/parish/diocesan feasts/events are celebrated, has become an anything-goes occasion. Celebrants innovate and ad-lib and the rubrics are disdainfully ignored. In response to the bad example of their pastors and not knowing any better, the congregation becomes an irreverent gathering as at a concert or theater performance.
Forgotten, it seems, is that the Holy Mass is the “The Sacrifice of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, really present on the Altar“, and “therefore the source and summit of ecclesial life“. Also apparently forgotten is the truth that the celebrant is the ‘servant of the liturgy and not its protagonist; Christ is’ [to cite Cardinal Raymond Burke]. The 1917 Code of Canon Law — since superseded by a new code promulgated in 1983 — explicitly stated that a priest should “accurately and devoutly observe the rubrics of his liturgical books to beware lest he add other ceremonies or prayers according to his own judgment.” To consciously and repeatedly contravene liturgical law which demands that one “do the red and say the black“
as laid down in the Missal/Lectionary texts is to oppose and rebel against the teaching authority of the Catholic Church.
What does one say then of the bishops who turn a blind eye to liturgical abuse and error which have become the norm rather than the exception? What does one say when they collude in the concelebration of parish/diocesan Masses which are peppered with liturgical aberrations? And, what does one say when bishops, the appointed custodians, upholders and teachers of the Law become its violators when they themselves initiate liturgical abuses and aberrations?
In too many situations the clear distinctive line between the celebrant – who is alter Christus, another Christ — and the laity has become blurred and indistinguishable with the clergy becoming laicized and the laity becoming clericalized.
In the Indian context, there is the additional bane of the Hinduisation of the liturgy. While its protagonists exploit to the hilt the tacit support that they receive from the liberal theologians and bishops, the 1962 [Latin-rite] Tridentine Mass, known as the Extraordinary Form [EF], is not encouraged by the bishops though authorized by Pope Benedict XVI in the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, 2007. It would not be in the interests of the inculturationists to permit the EF to make a come-back because it would be a major threat to the new Church order in India that promotes the “Indian” rite mass with all its Hinduised embellishments.
Often occurring in tandem, the errors-abuses-aberrations and the Hinduisation, they have made assisting at Holy Mass an almost tortuous experience for Catholics who are aware of what is going on in the sanctuary as against what is actually supposed to be. The problem is that there are very few of such Catholics. If the average Indian parish is indeed blessed with these aware few, one wonders how many of them are endowed with the concern and courage to confront — and if need be — admonish the errant priest and/or the bishop.
I do not intend to go into specifics here. After over a decade of ineffective meeting with and writing to priests and lay leaders in Catholic charismatic ministry in India, to the directors and preachers of retreat centres and independent ministries, and to the bishops concerned, this ministry has decided to publish all related records on the errors propagated by them.
The list of already published reports may be found at the bottom of the present report.
I initiate this issue with a letter received from a friend who lives in the State of Uttar Pradesh:
Sent: Monday, June 03, 2013 3:43 PM
Subject: Re: WE COMPLETE A DECADE OF INTERNET MINISTRY, PRAISE THE LORD
I praise and thank God for your ministry and your email updates which go a long way in keeping me abreast of what is happening in and with the Catholic Church.
I am currently in Gorakhpur, UP which has been named a Syro Malabar diocese, although they continue to offer the holy sacrifice of the Mass according to the Novus Ordo rite. I belong to the Cathedral parish and I am pained to note that the changes brought about in the liturgy of the Mass from December 2011 have not been incorporated here. We have our share of Hinduisation for example burning agarbattis during Eucharistic adoration, the putting of tikka on the head of the Bishop especially at the annual celebration of the Feast of Christ the King.
One other issue that concerns me is that priests now simply wear the stole and the chasuble over the cassock and come out to say Mass. My understanding is that they should be also wearing the alb and the cincture. I was curious to know if this affects the licitness of the Mass.
Regarding music, I recently attended Mass in the Cathedral of St. Patrick, in Pune, and by the music being played I thought I might as well as have attended a party. All the hymns were sung to dance beats such as jive, foxtrot, waltz etc. This I believe diminished the sanctity of the entire liturgy. I recall Cardinal Arinze writing to say that the music of the church is Gregorian music and discouraged the use of beats at Mass.
Finally, I would like to state that the Extraordinary Form of the Mass has been authorized in all dioceses, but I don’t see any movement to restore that rite in India.
Thank you for all that you do. I will continue to pray for your ministry. God Bless you. Name withheld
II. [TO BE ENTERED]
LIST OF RELATED PUBLISHED REPORTS AND DOCUMENTS
OBEDIENCE TO THE BISHOPS-RON SMITH
HOW TO FILE A CHURCH-RELATED COMPLAINT WITH YOUR BISHOP
HOW TO FILE A LITURGICAL ABUSE-RELATED COMPLAINT WITH YOUR BISHOP 01-RON SMITH
HOW TO FILE A LITURGICAL ABUSE-RELATED COMPLAINT WITH YOUR PRIEST–RON SMITH
THE GOLDEN SHEAF-A COLLECTION OF ARTICLES DEALING WITH ECCLESIASTICAL ABERRATIONS
THE ONGOING ROBBERY OF FAITH-FR P K GEORGE, SJ
THE PAGANIZED CATHOLIC CHURCH IN INDIA-VICTOR J F KULANDAY [TO BE PUBLISHED]
MASS-WHEN WAS IT FIRST CELEBRATED?
SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION-ANTICIPATED MASSES
SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION-COMING LATE RECEIVING COMMUNION LEAVING EARLY
THE LORD’S DAY
CHIROGRAPH ON SACRED MUSIC
JOHN PAUL II NOVEMBER 22, 2003
CONCERTS IN CHURCHES
CDW NOVEMBER 5, 1987
DIES DOMINI – ON KEEPING THE LORD’S DAY HOLY
JOHN PAUL II MAY 31, 1998
DOMINICAE CENAE-ON THE MYSTERY AND WORSHIP OF THE EUCHARIST
JOHN PAUL II FEBRUARY 24, 1980
IMMENSAE CARITATIS-ON FACILITATING RECEPTION OF COMMUNION IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES
SACRED CONGREGATION OF THE SACRAMENTS JANUARY 29, 1973
INAESTIMABILE DONUM – INSTRUCTION CONCERNING WORSHIP OF THE EUCHARISTIC MYSTERY
JOHN PAUL II/CDW APRIL 17, 1980
KEYS FOR INTERPRETING LITURGICAL DOCUMENTS
LITURGIAM AUTHENTICAM AND COMPILED INFORMATION – FOR THE RIGHT IMPLEMENTATION
OF THE CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY OF THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL
MARCH 28, 2001
MEDIATOR DEI-ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XII ON THE SACRED LITURGY
NOVEMBER 20, 1947
MEMORIALE DOMINI-INSTRUCTION ON THE MANNER OF DISTRIBUTING HOLY COMMUNION
MAY 29, 1969
MUSICAE SACRAE – ENCYCLICAL OF POPE PIUS XII ON SACRED MUSIC
PIUS XII DECEMBER 25, 1955
MUSICAM SACRAM AND COMPILED INFORMATION ON SACRED MUSIC
INSTRUCTION ON MUSIC IN THE LITURGY
REDEMPTIONIS SACRAMENTUM AND COMPILED INFORMATION –
ON CERTAIN MATTERS TO BE OBSERVED OR TO BE AVOIDED REGARDING THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST
APRIL 23, 2004
SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS AND COMPILED INFORMATION – ON THE EUCHARIST AS THE SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF THE CHURCH’S LIFE AND MISSION
FEBRUARY 22, 2007
SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM – CONSTITUTION ON THE SACRED LITURGY
DECEMBER 4, 1963
SPIRITUS ET SPONSA
– ON THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM JOHN PAUL II
DECEMBER 4, 2003
TRA LE SOLLECITUDINI
– MOTU PROPRIO OF POPE PIUS X ON SACRED MUSIC
NOVEMBER 22, 1903
VARIETATES LEGITIMAE – ON INCULTURATION AND THE ROMAN LITURGY CDW
MARCH 29, 1994
VERBUM DOMINI – ON THE WORD OF GOD IN THE LIFE AND MISSION OF THE CHURCH
SEPTEMBER 30, 2010
APPLAUSE, JOKES, AND SAYING GOOD MORNING AT MASS
CHOIR AND THE LITURGY OF THE MASS
CRITERIA FOR CHOIR MEMBERS, LECTORS, COMMENTATORS AND CATECHISM TEACHERS
COMMUNION IN THE HAND OR ON THE TONGUE AND EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
DANCING AND BHARATANATYAM IN THE MASS
HOLDING HANDS AND ORANS POSITION DURING THE OUR FATHER
HOLY COMMUNION BY INTINCTION, SELF-COMMUNICATION AND HOLY COMMUNION UNDER BOTH SPECIES
HOLY COMMUNION FOR NON-CATHOLICS [TO BE PUBLISHED]
HOLY MASS RUBRICS-FLOWER ARANGEMENTS, THE ALTAR, PRAYING IN TONGUES, NON-CATHOLIC LECTORS, ETC
HOMILY BY A LAY PERSON AND RELATED ABUSES
INCULTURATION OF THE LITURGY AND SACROSANCTUM CONCILIUM-JON ANDERSON-AND MY RESPONSE
LITURGICAL ABUSE-CATHOLIC ANSWERS
LITURGICAL ABUSE-CATHOLICS UNITED FOR THE FAITH
LITURGICAL ABUSE-OUR LADY’S WARRIORS
LITURGICAL ABUSES IN THE SYRO-MALABAR CHURCH-ORIGINS
SACRED SIGNS-POSTURES AND GESTURES IN CHURCH
SEVENTEEN MOST COMMON ERRORS IN THE LITURGY
STANDING OR KNEELING TO RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION AND ALTAR RAILS
TEN MOST COMMON LITURGICAL ABUSES
THE PAGANISATION OF THE LITURGY IN INDIA-C B ANDRADE
THE TWELVE POINTS OF ADAPTATION FOR THE INDIAN RITE MASS-WAS A FRAUD PERPETRATED ON INDIAN CATHOLICS?
WASHING THE FEET OF WOMEN ON HOLY THURSDAY
WOMEN EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION-RON SMITH
ARCHBISHOP OF MADRAS-MYLAPORE-LETTER 05-CONCERNING LITURGICAL ERRORS
BHARATANATYAM AT HOLY MASS AT CATHEDRAL OF ST THOMAS IN MADRAS-MYLAPORE ARCHDIOCESE
CHARISINDIA ERRORS-02 –
EULOGIES AT FR. RUFUS’ FUNERAL MASS
HINDU FLAG POLE AT CATHEDRAL OF ST THOMAS IN MADRAS-MYLAPORE ARCHDIOCESE
LOTUS AND THE CROSS-THE HINDUISATION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN INDIA
NEW COMMUNITY BIBLE 19-INDIAN CHURCH’S SYNCRETIZED BIBLE EXPORTED
PETS AT HOLY MASS AT CATHEDRAL OF ST THOMAS IN MADRAS-MYLAPORE ARCHDIOCESE
THE HINDUISATION OF MUSIC IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
THE HINDUISATION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN PICTURES