More on the alternative dismissals at Mass

Our friend Rocco over at “Whispers in the Loggia” just this morning highlighted our story on the Vatican’s preparation of three alternative endings for dismissal at Mass. But what he didn’t know was that we were also preparing a second story on the practical implications of the proposal, including the fact that you’re not likely to hear the new endings until 2012. You can read that story here.

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  1. Too bad other optional prayers for the exchange of peace, the offertory prayers, and the addition of the anaphoras of the eastern churches aren’t included in these changes. The major elevation, and other psalms used in the Tridentine Mass for the prayers at the foot of the altar would also be good places to offer options as well.
    In my opinion, the weakest part of the novus ordo Mass is the introduction. It isn’t nearly as inspirational or as inviting to glorify God as are the prayers at the foot of the altar in the extraordinary form of the Mass.

  2. May I also suggest to the Holy Father that the kiss of peace be changed from its present location to conclude the procession with the gospel book. As soon as the gospel has been read or chanted, the book is taken to the priest or bishop who is either at his chair or at the altar. In the case of the bishop, he blesses the congregation with the evangeliary, kisses it and , proclaims the Peace of Christ with an appropriate set of words His Holiness could select as he has done in the case of for the optional dismissals.
    Then the deacon or other minister solemnly takes the gospel book to clergy and people. On Sundays and solemnities he would be proceeded by the thurifer and candle bearers with an antiphon or psalm sung by the choir and perhaps the congregation.
    Each congregant either comes forward to kiss or touch the evangeliary (as is done in synagogues by the congregation as the toral scrolls are carried down the aisle), or it is taken to the first person at the end of each pew who passes his/her hand to the person next to him/her with an appropriate greeting, e.g. Peace be with you. etc.
    The Kiss of Peace would then not exist as a stand alone rite, but as a lively response by all to the gospel reading rite and its conclusion. In a sense, a call to action as in the case of the dismissal option Pope Benedict has recently selected.

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