From a reader:
I am a lay Catholic and over the month past month I have felt truly
home since going to the Mass of the Ages.
Please forgive my ignorance but the missal of blessed John XXIII has
omitted the prayers at the foot of the altar at certain occasions and
the 2nd confiteor before reception of the Eucharist of the faithful.
Are these changes though indiscernible harmful to the faith or
necessary and part of the organic growth of the Mass?
The 1962 Missale Romanum (the Missal of John XXIII) did not omit the prayers at the foot of the altar, except in the normal circumstances (e.g., Good Friday). And there is a curtailed form in the Requiem Mass.
However, the 1962MR does not have the 2nd Confiteor before Holy Communion. In many places, I would guess most places, it is done anyway regardless.
I don’t think it is harmful to the faithful to omit the 2nd Confiteor. It is not harmful to the faithful to be without the prayers at the foot of the altar.
At the same time, consider that these two elements of the older, traditional form of Mass were omitted in the Novus Ordo even though the Second Vatican Council’s document on liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium said that no changes should be made unless it should be for the true good of the faithful.
I cannot quite make out how the faithful benefit from the removal of those things. They might not necessarily be harmed, but… how do they benefit?