Wednesday, April 25, 2012

In Utroque Usu: The Catholic Community of Blessed John Henry Newman, Melbourne

Our readers will of course be familiar with Fr. Glen Tattersall and the Catholic Community of Blessed John Henry Newman -- the EF chaplaincy based out of the archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia. They have just announced that, beginning May 12th, their intent is to now additionally offer a weekly vigil Mass according to the Ordinary Form [NLM emphases]:

THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE ROMAN RITE: SACREDNESS IN CONTINUITY

The promulgation of the new translation of the Roman Missal of 1970, invites us to reflect further on the "hermeneutic of continuity" articulated by Pope Benedict XVI, and the importance of this being demonstrated consistently in the celebration of the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Beginning Saturday 12th May (at 6 pm), a weekly Vigil Mass in the Ordinary Form will be offered at St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Rd, Caulfield, which will try to exemplify "sacredness in continuity". The Mass will be celebrated in English, "ad orientem" at the High Altar, and with both the Propers and Ordinary of the Mass being sung. Following the example of Pope Benedict XVI, Communicants will be invited to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, whilst kneeling at the Altar rails.

The inaugural Mass, at 6 pm on Saturday 12th May, will be offered for the intentions of Pope Benedict XVI.

The community has started an additional website to this purpose: www.reform-of-the-reform.org.

Their intent is made clear by the press release. While their focus remains the EF, they wish to provide for a celebration of the OF that exemplifies continuity. Given their particular devotion to and familiarity with the usus antiquior, they are certainly very well placed to effect such "reform in continuity."