Fr Charles Pope writes here on how learning to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass brought increased solemnity and grace to his celebration of the Ordinary Form. One of the things I learned while in training at St Mary’s, Greenville was how the Ordinary Form could be celebrated with great grace, beauty and solemnity. The new translation of the Ordinary Form of the Mass has helped this process even further. It is not only important for the priest to celebrate Mass with a ritualistic formality, but for the servers to do so as well. The formal gestures and actions, along with the vestments, help to block the priest’s personality from intruding, thus helping the people to see through him to the worship of Christ the King. You might also like to read this post on the meaning and form of the procession. Here’s a piece I wrote for Crisis magazine some time ago What I Tell My Altar Servers.
Beautifying the Mass
September 17, 2013 by 3 Comments