This last week saw the 50th anniversary of the “birth” of the Novus Ordo – after an unnaturally swift gestation – on 3 April 1969 when Paul VI promulgated the Apostolic Constitution Missale Romanum.
Today I read for you, and I rant both before and after, an essay by Fr Hugh Somerville-Knapman, OSB, of Douay Abbey in Berkshire, England, called “The strange birth of the Novus Ordo”.
It is published at the Catholic Herald, 4 April 2019.
This essay drives home the incredible speed with which the liturgical changes were rammed through in the 1960’s.
I also talk about our Catholic identity and the need for stability of our traditional rites and how that plays with the Novus Ordo as it is today and as it will be in the near future.