|Irish House Mass under the Penal Laws|
Fr. Folsom points out that the in the period 1570 to 1962 is largely one of organic development. I agree, and I think the Stowe Test is largely satisfied. Fr. Hunwicke notes that the Pope issued a Missal with the ancient Latin forms of the Psalms, even though they differed from the Vulgate that had been recently promulgated. The addition of the name of St. Joseph to the Canon is a venerable one, as devotion to him had increased and he is now Patron of the Universal Church. (Now, should his name go there? I've heard it should go in the Embolism-Libera nos Domine, after the Pater Noster-though the intercessions are sadly deleted in the newer form, which is NOT the form of the Gelasian Sacramentary, an ancient liturgical book from which the reformers cut and pasted.)
|Sometime between '64 and Lent '65|
But one cannot use a modified 1962 Missal to celebrate the Mass following the instructions of Venerable Paul VI. One cannot even use the modified Ordo Missae from 1965 or 1967 (both of which are without a doubt still the classical Roman Missal), so great are the textual and rubrical changes. In outward appearance, the Mass is very different. I've seen pictures of the Mass said versus populum with altar cards, prior to the suppression and then replacement of the Lavabo and the suppression of the Last Gospel. The house Masses, celebrated in small groups in homes to familiarize folks with the new form, are ridiculously lax. The Irish house Masses under the Penal Laws at least were celebrated as if they were in a church!
I suppose the Roman nature will have to be addressed in yet another post. Not a bad problem to have.