Summorum Pontificum was a great gift to priests and, through priests, to their congregations.
I have written many times that when priests learn to say the older, Extraordinary Form of Holy Mass in the Roman Rite, they are changed by the experience and they never say the Novus Ordo again in the same way. They come to know something more about who they are at the altar as priest/victim, and they learn something more about an ars celebrandi which is apt for the Roman Rite.
This is one of the ways in which Pope Benedict’s “Marshall Plan” will have a slow but sure effect on the larger Church.
I hear from Fr. Schnippel that he will be celebrant for the first time for a public TLM. In advance of this Mass he has written some points of advice for priests concerning the older, Extraordinary Form.
Here are a few of his parting shots. You can read the rest at his place.
6) Switch your private Mass from Latin NO to the EF and keep praciticing.
7) Offer to assist as a Deacon or Sub-Deacon at the Solemn High Mass
8) Step to the Center and DO IT!
For me, this was a four to six month process, some days I put in more time (when I had it), some days/weeks, I didn’t get any progress made; but I tried to keep an upward trajectory.
This is worth it for your priesthood!!!!! It has helped me to celebrate the NO better, with more reverence. It has made me appreciate the Mass all the more. This will also help in appreciating the new texts we will be using this Advent.
As a priest, we get many demands, and this seems like a huge burden to learn and make progress. Break it down into the steps and timeline that works for you and DO IT!!!
WDTPRS KUDOS to Fr. Schnippel. I look forward to his reflections on being celebrant for a public TLM.