Today’s PODCAzT brings us back to my little project of drilling down into certain questions the older form of Mass might excite in the minds of those unfamiliar with it.
Before, we used Joseph Ratzinger’s book, The Spirit of the Liturgy(Ignatius Press, 2000) and today is no exception. Today we dig into silence, liturgical silence, which is so much more than just a pause or lack of words.
Ratzinger, now our gloriously reigning Pope Benedict XVI, touches on many questions, including the silent prayers for the priest alone, everyone making the responses and not just servers, and the foundation of inculturation.
He also explains something he said in 1978 that annoyed many liturgists, namely, that the Canon (Eucharistic Prayer) should be SILENT!
It is interesting to read the provisions of Summorum Pontificum in light of this book. We get a glimpse of what His Holiness is trying to accomplish.
040 Eusebius of Vercelli in exile; my column in The Wanderer on detractors of Summorum Pontificum
039 St. Augustine on Christ the Mediator; “for all” or “for many”?
038 Ratzinger on “active participation”; The Sabine Farm; Merry del Val’s music
037 The position of the altar and the priest’s “back to the people”
036 St. Augustine on John the Baptist; Ut queant laxis