Monday, August 20, 2012

Sung Low Traditional Latin Mass, St. Pius X rubrics

One of the incentives I offered to those who pre-ordered Bishop Williamson's set of sermons and conferences was one month of access to the subscriber site www.truerestorationmedia.com.  For those who don't know, there are videos on there that have not been made available to the general public for even one-time download.  Subscription is $150/year and provides access to the entire library (currently 50 hours worth of content) and subscribers always have a chance to see new content before it is made available (often in just a sneak preview, rather than full-length form) to the internet.

One of the not-before-available to the general public pieces of content on the subscriber site is this HD recording of a Traditional Latin Mass, celebrated using the Pope Pius X rubrics, by Fr. Julian Larrabee.  For those unfamiliar with what that means, it refers to the rubrics of the Mass before the 1955 revisions of Holy Week, authored by Annibale Bugnini.  As someone who has served both the Novus Ordo in Latin and the 1962 Holy Week, it was shocking, but not surprising, to find out that the Novus Ordo Holy Week is unchanged from the 1962 Holy Week, save in translation from Latin to the vernacular.

For those intellectually curious and open enough to investigate this a bit more, Fr. Anthony Cekada has written a short piece on this subject, and Bishop Daniel Dolan has put together a side-by-side comparison that is fairly devastating in the tradition of "what we have lost."

Good men are free to disagree on these matters in the absence of more authoritative guidance, but I think the case for "sticking to '62" becomes weaker by the day.



(You can click on the "YouTube" button within the embed to see this on YouTube, in much larger format, or click on the button to the right of that to go full-screen).