Interestingly he is using the new Mass texts, I understand many priests are using at least the Eucharistic Prayers, now the interrim Missal has been published.
Here are some key points:
- Among us priests Liturgy easily becomes a point of contention. It should not be so.
- ....the Church is asking us to recover some of the richness and depth of our liturgical heritage and, at the same time,
- We need a fresh approach in contrast to long-formed habits and familiarity.
- We don vestments to minimise our personal preferences, not to express or emphasise them.
- Liturgy is never my own possession, or my creation.
- Liturgy is not ours. It is never to be used as a form of self-expression.
- The Mass is the action of the Church. That’s what matters, not my opinion.
- ... the Liturgy forms us, not us the Liturgy.
- At Mass I am the Lord’s instrument just as I hope to be in the day that follows.
- ...things old and new can serve [the people to meet Christ]. Our choices though are shaped both by the instruction of the Church in its norms and guidance and by our duty to serve our people.
- At Mass we need space – spaces of silence, spaces for the quiet recollection of the people, both before and during Mass.
- In my view one quality enhances this sense of divinely filled space in which we worship God: it is the beauty of the Liturgy and its reverence. A beautiful, cared for church is the best preparation we can provide.
- .... whenever the Liturgy of the Church, the celebration of the Mass, truly enters our heart and soul, then the result is a vibrant sense of mission.