Monday, May 28, 2012

Primary School Children and the Usus Antiquior

Melanie Bullivant sent in to NLM this past weekend the following story which I am sure will be of interest to a number of readers.

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Extraordinary Form Mass for Primary School Children

by Melanie Bullivant

On Thursday 24th May 2012, Fr. George Grynowski celebrated Mass according to the usus antiquior for the Junior school children of St. John Fisher Primary School, West Heath, Birmingham. It was our second annual Extraordinary Form Mass with the children and was preceded by an assembly in school the day before, during which Fr. George gave the children a short talk about the history of the Mass and explained the differences between the Ordinary and Extraordinary forms. Today’s Low Mass included three commentaries, which the children read before the Offertory, before the Canon and after Holy Communion. The Regina Caeli was sung after Mass, following a request from one of the children in the assembly. The children completed a written reflection about the Mass when they returned to school. The many positive comments included, “I liked that it was spoken in Latin, how it should be all the time”; “It is silent and more peaceful” and “It was quiet which gave me more time to pray”. One third of the children in Year 5 said they preferred Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

School children receiving Holy Communion at EF Mass
in St. John Fisher Church, West Heath

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