14 September 2008

It's Only Proper....

For the Novus Ordo Mass, a common practice is to take the universal norm, discard it, and replace it with one of the options. This is not the rite's fault so much, though the fact that the options exist doesn't help the situation.

One main issue is the idea of the Propers of the Mass. Did you know that the norm, the preferred option, is not to have an "entrance hymn", an "offertory hymn", and a "communion hymn"? Nope! There's a book called the Graduale Romanum, and it has all of the chants that belong to each particular day's Mass. The introit is the prayer that is sung as the priest and company process in, while the other propers are sung prayers that actually have to do with the day's Mass and what is going on at the altar.

We need to revive the use of the propers in the Graduale Romanum. It's only proper...

Read a recent article about the need for Propers here.


Blogger Cliff said...

I came across this rather magnificent blog, and the first post reminded me of your post.

September 24, 2008 11:13 AM  
Blogger Jonathan Knox said...

By first do you mean the latest, or the one about how the Mass should look like (Sep 2006)?

Regardless- I like them all! The latest post has that bit about the options- which I think are the worst part of the Novus Ordo. Get rid of all the extra-traditional options and you have a beautiful Mass. Almost approaching as beautiful as the TLM, in my opinion.

September 24, 2008 11:29 AM  

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