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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Bugnini’s ’51 Easter Vigil: “First Step” to the Novus Ordo

LAYMEN who frequent Masses offered under the auspices of Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum or organizations such as the Society of St. Pius X are under the impression that the rites they see performed there represent the apex of pre-Vatican II Catholic liturgical tradition vis-à-vis the New Mass of Paul VI. In the case […]

Good Friday: Old vs. ’55/62 Rite

GOOD FRIDAY originally had no liturgical service. No Mass was celebrated because, as Pope Innocent I explained in the 5th century, it was a day on which “the Apostles hid themselves for fear of the Jews.” Eventually, however, the Church instituted a liturgical service for this day. In the traditional rite this consists of a […]

Maundy Thursday: Old vs. ’55/62 Rite

BECAUSE THE Maundy Thursday ceremonies in the traditional Missal consist principally of rites connected with the Mass, the changes introduced in the 1955 Renewed Order for Holy Week are not as numerous as those for the other days of Holy Week. The 1955 Ordo moves the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper to […]

The Office of Tenebrae: Old vs. ’55/62 Rite

ONE OF THE most dramatic and mystical ceremonies of Holy Week was the chanting in larger churches of the Office of Tenebrae (“Darkness”) on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings. This consists of the Offices of Matins (nine psalms, nine readings) and Lauds (five psalms, the Benedictus, an antiphon, Psalm 50 and a collect) from the […]

Holy Week: Palm Sunday: Old vs. 1955 Rite

INTRODUCTORY NOTE: The modifications in the Holy Week rites introduced in 1955 were part of a series of incremental liturgical changes beginning in 1951 that eventually led to the promulgation of the Novus Ordo Missae in 1969. The creation of the ’55 Holy Week rites, like the creation of the Novus Ordo, was orchestrated by […]