Thursday, July 4, 2013

The Mass Form and the Scripture

PrayTell has entered the debate over whether the new or old form of the Roman Rite has more scripture. But as the comment box illustrates, much of the answer turns on the music: are we singing propers with Psalms or replacing propers with hymns with invented words? Also, the old form is seriously subsidized in its scriptural references by prayers at the front and back of Mass that have since been trimmed. There is a case to be made either way, and I would even question the baseline assumption that more is always better. In the end, it is the praxis that matters most here: are we choosing the options that permit the liturgy to be heard or are we imposing another layer on top of it?