In the photos of his Mass posted Sunday, 12 July, on my blog, Fr. Johnson spreads the corporal and places the chalice on the altar at the beginning of the Holy Sacrifice.
In response Mr. Bruce E. Ford of Newark, New Jersey, writes:
"Only in a 1975-style 'Mass Without a Congregation' is the corporal spread and the chalice placed on the altar at the beginning of the Mass.
"Why do you hold up this outdated usage as an ideal?
"To say that the celebrant's facing east during the Eucharistic Prayer (for example) is reflective of the 'Hermeneutic of Continuity' would be entirely reasonable. But to revive silly pre-Conciliar practices such as placing the chalice on the altar at the beginning of the Mass is simply silly.
"The 'Hermeneutic of Continuity' does not call for indiscriminate revival of pre-Conciliar practices in contravention of the rubrics of the Novus Ordo. It calls for the interpretation of the Novus Ordo rubrics in the light of tradition."
Thank you, Mr. Ford, for your comment, the entire text of which readers are invited to see in the comments section at the original post.
My first reaction is, who decides which of the Church's customs are silly and which are not? Sounds to me like the beginning of an onion peeling away to nothing. Although I certainly defer to the Church when deciding for the purposes of liturgy what is an accretion and what is noble simplicity.
Comments if you please.
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