Vol. XIV, No. 2
News and Views
Cardinal Justin Rigali plans to introduce the seminarians of the archdiocese of Philadelphia to Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum, and the 1962 Missal, as part of their regular course of studies.
In a March 4 interview with Zenit Cardinal Rigali outlined his plans to begin instruction at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary on the extraordinary form of the Mass.
“First there will be a lecture offered on the ‘motu proprio’ [Summorum Pontificum] that elucidates the theology underlying the 1962 Missal”, he said,“so that the seminarians are afforded a clear understanding of the [document] and the Holy Father’s pastoral concern for the faithful who have a deep love for the Tridentine liturgy”.
Cardinal Rigali noted that most seminarians grew up with the ordinary form of Mass, so it is important for them to experience the extraordinary form.
“It will be helpful for them to see the continuity between the two expressions”, the cardinal said, and noted that their study “will also afford the opportunity to address the changes that took place in the liturgy following the Second Vatican Council”. After the preliminary sessions, there will be a demonstration of the old form of Mass for the entire St. Charles Borromeo community, Cardinal Rigali said. “This will demonstrate to the seminarians the liturgically correct manner in which the extraordinary form of the Mass is to be celebrated”, he said, and observed that this preparation is necessary in order that the seminarians can be “properly educated as to the rituals involved, and the theology that underlies these forms”.
“Studying about and learning the Mass according to the 1962 Missal will afford the seminarians an opportunity to experience the continuity between the older and newer forms”, Cardinal Rigali said, and noted that “[s]o much of our faith is based on continuity and tradition, handing on of the faith from one generation to the next. Sometimes the rituals change and develop but at the core they remain the same”.
Cardinal Rigali quoted Pope Benedict’s letter accompanying Summorum Pontificum, “There is no contradiction between the two editions of the Roman Missal. In the history of the liturgy there is growth and progress, but no rupture. What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches that have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place”.
Cardinal Rigali said that the seminary is also offering a course for priests who wish to learn how to celebrate the “Mass of Blessed John XXIII” (1962 Missal). He believes that this will inevitably lead to a priest’s reflection on the way he currently celebrates Mass, and that this reflection “cannot help but lead to a more reverent and worthy celebration of the liturgy”.
The annual Sacred Music Colloquium sponsored by the Church Music Association of America (CMAA) will be held June 22-28 at Loyola University in Chicago.
The colloquium features in-depth teaching on sacred music by a distinguished faculty. The primary focus is instruction in chant and the Catholic sacred music tradition, participation in chant and polyphonic choirs. It will feature nightly lectures and performances, along with daily celebrations of liturgies in both English and Latin.
Attendance is open to anyone interested in improving the quality of music in Catholic worship. Professional musicians will appreciate the rigor, while enthusiastic volunteer singers will enjoy the opportunity to study under an expert faculty. If you have never sung chant before, the colloquium will open a new world of beautiful sacred music to you, so you too are encouraged to attend.
Attendees also benefit from camaraderie with musicians who share their love of the liturgy of the Church.
Faculty will include musicians familiar to AB readers, including CMAA president William Mahrt of Stanford University, Horst Buchholz, Scott Turkington, Jeffrey Tucker, Susan Treacy, and Father Scott Haynes, among others.
“The greatest need of liturgy today is the restoration of the sense of the sacred”, writes CMAA President Mahrt. “Music has a principal role, since it expresses that sense of the sacred and sustains it through time.”
Information: Schedule and registration details on CMAA web site: http://www.musicasacra.com/colloquium.
The Society for Catholic Liturgy (SCL) is planning its annual conference for January 2009 and is inviting submissions for proposed presentations. The topic of the conference is Missale Romanum, and it will be held at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska, from January 29 to February 1, 2009.
The planning committee seeks submissions for papers from scholars and professionals in fields related to sacred liturgy. SCL members and non-members are welcome to submit proposals.
Since the SCL is an interdisciplinary society, paper proposals from areas of sacred liturgy and related fields (e.g., liturgical theology and sacramental theology, biblical studies, patristics, medieval studies, eastern Christianity, Church history), the social sciences, sacred architecture, sacred art, and sacred music will be considered.
Conference presentations will be 30 minutes in length, plus time for discussion. Papers presented will be considered for publication in Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal, the journal of the Society for Catholic Liturgy.
Paper proposals of approximately 250 words should be e-mailed to the conference coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals must be received by May 15, 2008. Notification of accepted proposals will be sent out on June 15, 2008. Presenters must register for the conference, and will be responsible for their own conference expenses.
The SCL’s last conference was held at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, September 20-23, 2007, with more than 100 people attending —including pastors, seminarians, scholars, religious, and interested laity.
Information: Society for Catholic Liturgy, www.liturgysociety.org.