Let’s get some discussion going about this point concerning the Ordinary Form – Novus Ordo liturgy.
From a reader via email:
Is it proper for a priest to use the rubrics and prayers for priests contained in the Ceremonial of Bishops if the bishop is not present?
At the Vigil, our pastor, who really wants beautiful and perfect liturgy, followed the Ceremonial, but this made it difficult for the congregation, which was working largely from missalettes, to follow with proper responses and postures. I don’t want to mention this concern to him unnecessarily, because he is pretty touchy and protective of the liturgy (not a bad thing) and would feel hurt if he knew we were doubting any of his choices. I know he would want to be corrected if he is in error, however; he is receptive to and grateful for any well founded information about how to celebrate and gracefully changes his practice in response to new information.
My understanding is that when in the Novus Ordo Missale Romanum the rubrics are vague or absent, then the reference point is the Ceremonial of Bishops.
Frankly, I don’t think that is a very good idea but I recall something about that.
Perhaps the pastor could get a bit more interested in the Extraordinary Form.