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Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Short post, serious thought

The TLM is a better Mass for the laity; because of the silence, it teaches meditation and contemplation. The NO, emphasizing the exterior, destroys this ability and keeps lay persons from appropriating adult levels of faith. One cannot enter into or follow the three stages of the interior life without cultivating silence and interior awareness

5 comments:

Anita Moore said...

I hope the day comes when the Novus Ordo is either abolished or just falls into disuse. This seems to me more likely than many are willing to admit, since the TLM is backed by centuries of tradition, wherease the NO is the artificial product of a committee of "experts" who seemed to want to make the Mass more palatable to Protestants. Efforts to make the Novus Ordo more like the TLM are pointless: if we need something more like the TLM, then let's just go back to the TLM itself!

The NO did at least serve the purpose of being a crash test dummy for the tinkerers, while the TLM was preserved intact against the coming of better days.

Sixupman said...

The NOM is a discontinuity in more ways than one - it is fragmented, it precludes contemplation as a result, etc., whilst the TLM is seamless.

At the time of inauguration in the parishes, we were told language [understanding - on the basis we were all thick?] and participation. And the churches proceeded to empty.

Supertradmum said...

Good comment. The fragmentation is absolutely part of the problem...

Anita Moore said...

In re "understanding": fact is, ever since we got Mass in the vernacular, we understand it less than we did when it was in Latin! And the NO in the vernacular has, it seems to me, also led to the fragmentation of parish communities. Parishes are now balkanized along linguistic and ethnic lines, instead of everyone worshipping together at the same Mass.

Supertradmum said...

Anita, brilliant comment