Lots of French this afternoon at the Sacred Liturgy conference. I follow French well but… with the jet lag and the first topic… damn! I had to walk around and find coffee for to stay wakeful. And I find lots of French tedious, after a while.
So, I spent time reading Latin inscriptions on the walls. Rome is great for that.
Tonight there was what passes for a “solemn” Mass in the Novus Ordo. Card. Canizares Llovera was celebrant for a concelebrated Mass. I was in choir.
Sorry about blurry images. Something is wrong with my iPhone camera which leaves me feeling… what do you call it again… anger?
You may be tempted to ask if the celebrant stood for this prayer. Yes. He did.
This Novus Ordo Mass was about as good as the Novus Ordo gets. The music was good. The ceremonies reverent. It was MC’d well.
What irks and disappoints with the Novus Ordo – all the time – is that a celebrant will start singing and then THUD stop singing and just speak the next part, higgledy-piggledy. The musical parts are all available. Celebrants could sing them. But…. la la la and then THUD.
This is a fault of the celebrant rather than the Novus Ordo. But the NO lends itself to this nonsense.
Fathers… learn to SING THE WHOLE THING!
THUD is what happened tonight throughout.
Another view. Again, sorry about the blur.
After Mass – which was CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC – GRRRR AGAIN – I saw this scruffy bunch whom I had met in Boston during a recent visit.
They let anyone come to these conferences. (But they won’t let anyone in for MASS who lacks a ticket.)
Zucchini blossoms, stuffed with anchovy and mozzarella and then fried.
If you have a garden with zucchini and don’t know what to do with all of them, get out there in the morning early, before the new blossoms open. Pick blossoms (zucchini abortions, I guess) and wrap them in moist paper towels and put them in the fridge for later. You can make all sorts of great things from them.
Mixed seafood thingy.
Saltimbocca. So ubiquitous in Rome as to be boring. And, I must admit, this version was a little boring. It didn’t “jump” as promised. But I managed to fend off death by starvation again… again too well.
And so, after a grueling day of listening to excellent talks on sacred liturgy in three languages which I understand quite well, and having negotiated shops and eateries in the local patois, I return to my short-let apartment to do laundry and force myself to sleep … perhaps by reading some Hans Urs von Balthasar. Never fails.
I leave you therefore with a poignant quote I heard today, citied by Tracey Rowland in her near perfect address. With a measure of irony, Yves Congar, not exactly a trad from 1960:
“But we need only step into an old church, taking holy water, as Pascal and Serapion did before us, in order to follow a Mass which has scarcely changed, even in externals, since St. Gregory the Great, or we may open our missals at the pages which give the Paschal Tridiuum…Everything has been preserved for us, and we can enter into a heritage which we may easily transmit in our turn, to those coming after us. Ritual, as a means of communication and of victory over devouring time, is also seen to be a powerful means of communication in the same reality between men separated by centuries of change and affected by very different influences. Both as a lived action and as a ritualized action, the liturgy preserves and hands on to us elements which are much more numerous than were realized by those men who performed and preserved the rites, and actually handed them on to us: many more, even, than we ourselves can know. The whole Eucharist is given to me in its celebration, I myself possess it in its entirety, although I understand and could express so little of it…The whole of our love is expressed in the liturgical kiss, even if we do not really attend sufficiently to what we are doing. The whole of our faith is in the most ordinary sign of the cross, and when we say ‘Our Father’ we already imply all the knowledge which will be given to us only when we embrace it in the revelation of glory.”
My view for a while…
Pontifical Mass to begin soon!