I received this from a reader in Raleigh, North Carolina.
You might remember that the bishop there, His Excellency Most Rev. Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, issued a very good response to Pope Benedict’s letter Summorum Pontificum.
Now Bp. Burbidge has issued diocesan norms for liturgy for the Novus Ordo.
The whole document, which you can find here, is too long to post in its entirety here.
However, a kind reader highlighted some of the salient points.
I think you’ll like them.
I received this through e-mail:
Our wonderful Bishop issued a document yesterday on General Norms for the Celebration of the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass in the Forma Ordinaria. [read = Novus Ordo]
In it he addresses such items as:
pg.2 #6 Sacred silence prior to the beginning of a Sacred Liturgy
pg.2 #9 Faithful are encouraged to dress appropriately
pg.3 #13 Explains difference between lector and reader
pg.4 #18 All liturgical ministers should dress appropriately. T-shirts, shorts, tennis shoes and flip-flops are inappropriate
pg.5 Section 1.3 Sacred Texts
pg.5 #19, No approved texts are to be altered either by the priest or by the assembly…
pg.6 Section 1.2.3, The use of Latin and languages particular to the assembly
pg.6 #26 …it is laudable that the faithful be familiar with the acclamations and other prayers in Latin, namely the Gloria, the Sanctus, the Credo, the Pater Noster, and the Agnus Dei. Pastors are instructed to be pastorally judicious in forming the faithful in the use of these ancient sacred texts of the Mass.
(We love our Bishop!)
pg.7 Section 1.5, Sacred Vessels
Outlines what materials the vessels can be made of.
pg.9 Section 1.7, Liturgical Music
pg.9 #42 It is laudable that the processional hymn or introit, the acclamations, the dialogues, and the litanies of the Mass be sung…even when musical accompaniment is not possible.
pg.9 #43 …The use of simple chant is laudable given that Gregorian chant holds pride of place in the Sacred Liturgy.
(Did I mention that we love our Bishop?)
pg.9 Section 1.8 Use of Incense
pp.9-10 #46, …Incense is customarily used during celebrations of the Sacred Liturgy on Sundays…
pg.10 Section 1.9 Use of Bells
pg.10 #50, …The use of bells during the Liturgy of the Eucharist is recommended…
pg.15 Section 4.3, Communion Rite
pg.15 #79 While it may be a custom in some place to hold hands as the Our Father is prayed, this gesture is not encouraged, as the reception of Holy Communion is the sign and bond of unity of the Church at prayer.
pg.17 Section 4.3.2 Posture and Gestures for Reception of the Holy Eucharist by the Faithful in the Assembly
pg.17 #92, The normative posture for the reception of the Holy Communion in the Dioceses of the United States is standing. However, communicants are not to be denied Holy Communion because they kneel.
pg.18 Section 4.3.3,Purification of the Sacred Vessels
pg.18 #97 Sacred vessels may only be purified by a priest, deacon, or an instituted acolyte.
pg.20 Section 6 Additional Particular Norms in the Diocese of Raleigh
6.1 Place of Reservation for the Holy Eucharist pg.20 #106, …the Blessed Sacrament is reserved in the tabernacle located in or near the sanctuary of the church…
The tabernacle is not to be located behind where the assembly is seated in the nave.
pg.20 #110 Parish church buildings in the Diocese of Raleigh, whether new or existing construction, are to be adapted to reflect the norms in paragraphs 106-109. If adaptations are required, proposals are to be submitted to the Bishop for review and approval for implementation.
pg.21 Section 6.2, Sacred Images
pg.21 #111, A cross adorned with the image of the Crucified Lord is to be…located on or near the altar…
pg.21 Section 6.4, Parochial Liturgical Formation
pg.21 #114 Liturgical formation is encouraged for the faithful in parishes. Among the formation topics, the following are recommended: The significance of the Eucharist in the life of a Catholic, the Eucharist and the Paschal Mystery, the Real Presence in the Eucharist and the Mass, Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament, the right disposition of the faithful before Mass, active participation during Mass, posture during Mass, purification of sacred vessels, and sacred images and devotions in Roman Catholic worship.