From a reader…
I hope you can help. How do I approach my Bishop in ___ to have us have a TLM. I run from one church to another just before Consecration. Thank you.
I am puzzled as to why you would run from one church to another like that. Back in the day, people would hurry from church to church in Rome for the moment of the elevation. There were even special pieces of music written for the elevation. Then off they’d go to another church for the elevation.
But, to the real point.
Please take this to heart: Don’t approach the bishop for the TLM except as a last resort.
Always… always… always… work with a friendly priest who is willing and able to celebrate the TLM for you, especially pastors of parishes.
According to the present legislation, pastors of parishes are the one’s who decide now.
Another point: One person asking for the TLM isn’t very compelling. A lot of people asking for it is much more convincing. Get organized.
An important point: Be willing to sacrifice your time and money to be there, open doors, set things up, tidy up after, buy vestments and books and other useful objects, provide Father with necessary items, etc. You can’t just expect – as so many do – everything to be done for you for free.
A really important point: Be diplomatic while being persistent.
A seriously important point: Be involved in the other things that the parish does. Make yourselves indispensable to the pastor and his efforts for the whole parish. Always be ready to volunteer. Be the first one’s up and the last one’s there.
And here’s an Elevation Sonata by the great Domenico Zipoli, SJ. Yes… SJ. He was a musician missionary of the Baroque era in the reductions of Paraguay.