Monday, September 10, 2007

Philadelphia Roamin' Catholic

Philadelphia Roamin' Catholic has an interesting video up of a beautiful parish in Philadelphia we've seen before in still photos. The video is of a Mass, offered in Latin and ad orientem in the ordinary use.

This, along with the much wider availability of the usus antiquior that is already occuring at exponential levels, is the sort of thing that will hopefully become a more and more common sight with the advent of the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum come Friday. This arrangement can indeed have that influence as priests (and parishioners and choirs) become more familiar with the traditional ars celebrandi, with the use of Latin in the liturgy, Gregorian chant, polyphony, and ad orientem.

Indeed, if so, not only shall we be blessed to have our liturgical inheritance, as found in the classical Roman liturgy and other Western liturgical rites, "reconciled" within the Catholic family, but we shall see the reform of the reform also pushed ahead and given new impetus and energy.

[As a point of caveat: people should be aware of course that this is not being held up as some kind of model, down to all specifics about the particular music employed, vestments used, etc. The focus is rather the general direction of liturgical worship in a vein of continuity.]

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