Here is the video of the Pontifical Mass at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception which I attended last Saturday. There was a new composition for the Mass. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco was the celebrant. Check out in particular 2:16:55, toward the end at the Salve Regina.
Liturgically, they did a good job. However, at some point we have to make choices about what “solemn” means. It doesn’t necessarily have to mean “slow”. Also, one of the great aspects of the traditional Rite is that things can happen at the same time, rather than the CHUNK (pause) CHUNK (pause) CHUNK (pause) CHUNK (pause) of the Novus Ordo.
One of the musical pieces I liked was the new Ave Maria which was in the indigenous language of Juan Diego. This is the language in which Our Lady would have spoken with Juan Diego! Surely with divine assistance for those words. Here’s a shot of the text. In the video, start at about 2:06:30.
The vestments were by Altarworthy. After the Mass I spoke with the gal who made them. Very nice. They had interesting elements you can’t easily see. On dalmatics, etc., on both sides there are shields surrounded by golden roses and on each are titles of Mary from the Litany of Loreto. I’d like to work with them.
It is important that we support these large scale and highly visible Pontifical Masses. It is important that we support also composition of new liturgical music.
What we are doing is NOT locked in amber.
Remember: WE ARE OUR RITES. If that is true, then there is a dynamic between us and the rites that is simultaneous and continuous. Inculturation. There is an authentic inculturation. It is authentic when what the Church has to give has logical priority over what the world has to offer. We are our rites and our rites are us. If we are not locked on amber, then neither are they. They have been in continual development since the Church’s beginning. Very slow. Organic. This is what was so violently interdicted in the 60s and 70s through the sudden imposition of an artificially composed rite. But we are our rites! Consider the damage that has been done to our Catholic identity because of that rupture of continuity. We must reestablish continuity and we must also maintain dynamism. The rites must be stable. However, music can be new and renewing. Music is pars integrans in our rites, an integrating part. So, we should foster truly sacred music. Music for sacred liturgical music must be 1) sacred and 2) artistic. It must be in a sacred idiom or an idiom at least that is not in conflict with the sacred and it must be of high quality composition and performance. I like the distinction made by Ratzinger about music that is for the People and music that comes from the People. The first is more entertainment which the later conveys something deeply united to their culture, their “who”. This is important in considering inculturation as well.
But I am running long.