Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cardinal Sarah on Facing East and Mutual Enrichment


I was very pleased to read this translation on Rorate of a piece which appears on Chiesa in Italian, it is Cardinal Sarah writing L'Observatore a few weeks ago.
Contrary to what has been sometimes claimed, and in total conformity with the conciliar Constitution, it is especially fitting that, during the penitential rite, the singing of the Gloria, the orations and the Eucharistic Prayer, all, the priest and the faithful, face together towards the East, to express their willingness to participate in the activity of worship and the redemption wrought by Christ.  This could be fittingly put into action in the cathedrals, which should be the exemplars of the liturgical life.
We do that.
Reading further, Cardinal Sarah discusses the two forms of the Roman rite, the ancient and the modern:
It would also be desirable that the penitential rite and the Offertory of the usus antiquior be appended to the next edition of the Roman Missal in the Ordinary Form.  This would underline the fact that the two liturgical forms enlighten each other in continuity and without opposition.
I would like to do that.
God bless Cardinal Sarah!

17 comments:

Richard Edwards said...

Fr Ray, this is very interesting. Do you know if there is an English translation of the whole article anywhere? I'd be fascinated to read one, unfortunately my more than limited Italian would not suffice!

Fr Ray Blake said...

Not yet Richard

Pelerin said...

The more I read about Cardinal Sarah the more impressed by him I become. On the 'Aleteia' website during his visit to France earlier this year he was described as 'a man of courage who is not afraid of saying what he thinks.' How we could do with more like him.

He is also described as 'one of the papabili of the next conclave.'

Gungarius said...

With regards to the second bit of the article - the Ordinariate already do that.

Possibly worth adding for those who don't know that this guy is some obscure cardinal expressing his opinion like a voice unto the wilderness, he is Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments and was appointed to the post by Pope Francis on 23 November 2014.

Cue much spluttering at Tablet Towers I fear.

Gungarius said...

PS - can we have the last gospel back too?

Gungarius said...

PS - can we have the last gospel back too?

Catholic Mission said...

Yes but either way it is with using the Marchetti error.
http://eucharistandmission.blogspot.it/2015/06/the-issue-is-identifying-marchetti.html

Fr. Marc said...

Rorate has a translation of the whole article online now: http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2015/06/exclusive-rorate-translation-cardinal.html

Recusant said...

Tree is a full translation just put up on Rorate's site.

Recusant said...

'There'.......fat thumbs!

Sixupman said...

Let us make life simple with an hybrid Tridentine Mass, as an half or three-quarter way house.

There are so many very profound prayers which are missing from the OF Missal, too numerous to list here.

One parish in which I lived: the PP was a Paris trained liturgist, who Celebrated Mass from a loose-leaf folder and was full of his liturgical erudition - to everyone's dismay.

Pelerin said...
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Pelerin said...

Gungarius asks if we can have the Last Gospel back too.

And how about the 'Introibo ad altare Dei' and the psalm 'Judica me?' Yes I know they were once said by the Priest before entering the church but later they evolved to become the first prayers of the Mass only to vanish in our lifetime.

After all these years I still fail to understand why the beautiful translation of the Missal done by Mgr Knox did not become the official version of the English Mass. Why it had to be retranslated remains a mystery to me. And I presume Mgr Knox's translation was extremely accurate - he translated 'Pro Multis' as 'for many' and 'Credo' as 'I believe' for a start, unlike the later efforts which we had to endure for years.

Jacobi said...

Pelerin,et al,

These three texts at least must come back. In this age of scientific unreason, the beginning of the last Gospel is surely the most profound and inspired explanation of why the natural world exists.

Rod George said...

This is yet another attempt to marry the old rite with the new and eventually bring in a third rite which in theory would satisfy everybody.Obviously there are many in the church who recognise the deficiencies of the Novus Ordo but nonetheless have been quite happy to celebrate it in its present form.Now they want to make it look like the TLM but are not prepared to embrace the TLM wholeheartedly.The answer is to restore the TLM to all the altars of the church.

Colin said...

What's all the fuss about ? Don't you know that you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear. So go with the Tridentine and leave the NO alone all alone.

Capt. Morgan said...

I have an approved 1965 St. Joseph Sunday Missal. It shows a direct, organic development from the Missal of 1962. It has latin, vernacular, faithful participation, the whole nine yards. This would be a solution to the issues with the Missal of Pope Paul VI. And it follows the traditional calander.