Reflecting on 21 Centuries of Faith

Sense of the Sacred

This week I want to discuss the role of the human voice within the Liturgy. That being said, I came across a video of Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ interviewing Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC (Canons Regular of St. John Cantius). The interview addresses the “Sense of the Sacred” through the Tridentine Liturgy utilizing the last revision of the Extraordinary Form otherwise know as the 1962 Mass of Paul VI.

Interestingly enough, Pope Benedict XVI calls the EF the Mass of the Vatican II since that is the liturgy which was celebrated during the council. Two fruits of the EF that St. John Cantius Parish has experienced since its introduction include:

  • Massive increase in confession
  • Huge attendance by the youth

It seems, Fr. Haynes remarks, that it is the youth that are the main attendees of the EF. Whether we like it or not, the Millennials want the EF and I predict it will become more and more common. Youth Ministers – might want to pay attention to this, it is probably your future. For more info visit their site: Sancta Missa.

NOTA BENE: I like the fact that the Novus Ordo is treated with great respect and shares that the liturgy is organic and has not “completed” its development. Meaning the EF only became stable after hundreds of years and went through the same process we are having to watch and/or endure.

I believe this is a necessary viewing.

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