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Today I had the pleasure of being deacon for this morning’s Solemn Mass. One of the local priests had, at the last moment, the services of a mission priest, so he asked to be able to offer the Traditional Mass. Hence, Solemn Mass and I am preaching in my diaconal dalmatic. It seems I left my maniple on. Do we have to do the whole thing over again?
Before the sermon, I mentioned to our visitor, that the last time I preached in a dalmatic was during a Pontifical Mass with the Extraordinary Ordinary. During that Mass, Bp. Morlino felt his voice going and, to save it, asked me to preach when we got to the moment. Surprise! I mentioned to Father Visitor today not to let this got his head.
So, today, I have a few points about the Lord’s highly curious parable of the wicked servant who defrauded his master and then figured out how to save his backside once he was found out. It seems as if Christ is holding up lying, fraud and leading others into sin. It could be that sometime else is going on.
BTW… one of you readers wrote a couple weeks back to ask me if priests must wear the biretta to preach.
Here’s the deal. If the MC brings me the biretta when I come down the steps, I put it on. If he doesn’t, I just go preach all the same.
Liturgical manualists seem to be consistently in favor of the biretta being worn by the preacher, whether it is the celebrant or another. Trimeloni gave a footnote to a decree, but I didn’t dig it up. Of course if the Blessed Sacrament is exposed, no head covering! Quod Deus avertat. Proper birettaquette should be observed (NB: Distinguish from berettaquette, please).
So, the weight is heavy on the side of wearing the biretta.
The rubrics for the biretta for the sacred ministers prescribe that they wear it processing in and out (hence, outside of Mass) and when seated at the sedilia (hence, when they’ve stepped out of the action, as it were). This is also why the maniple and even chasuble are both removed in some places before sermons and the biretta is worn.
Auctores scinduntur … commentators are divided on the removal of the chasuble. Some are really against it. It seems to me that environmental circumstances as well as the needs of the preacher should matter a great deal.
So, the weight is more against than for, but I think flexibility is prudent, for reasons that should be obvious: a) how hot it is and b) how long does Father plan to carry on?
Another point is that a biretta on a cleric is also a symbol of his teaching office, as a professor’s cap would be. They developed from the same origin. Yes, the sermon has a strong didactic dimension, but that’s not its only dimension. Some say that the biretta is a symbol of authority, especially worn by the pastor because he has authority in the parish. Okay. Others recognize that it is also just a hat customarily worn by priests. Thus, in Italy priests use “er tripizzi” – there’s a good Roman word – the biretta when going about while wearing the cassock. They might also wear the flat Roman clerical hat, or saturno or even padella. It’s better in the rain and hot sun.
Moreover, I’ve been using a biretta without the pom, as one does in Rome, and in the Neri style, from my devotion to that great saint. I have more common gizmo, too, collapsible. I use that when travelling.
One of the things we must establish for the Ritus Madisonensis™ (aka How We Solve Issues Here – for example, in Pontifical Masses the MC takes the book to the altar instead of the AP) is whether the non-celebrant preacher should ask a blessing. Rubrics require this in the presence of a bishop, but not in his absence. However, custom in this matter can prevail.
It’s a good thing. I have been in places where it is done. Why not maintain decorum? Yes, I think that’s what we shall do.