Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Doing the Ordinary Form Extraordinarily Well

Today, in honor of the Sto Nino, a solemn Mass according to the Missal of Pope Paul VI or the ordinary form or novus ordo to many, was celebrated in the PNB main hall asissted by approximately a hundred believers.

Priest-celebrant was Fr. Michell Joe Zerrudo who processed down the center aisle wearing his complete roman vestments while the choir sung the entrance hymn in Latin. The propers, including the readings, were chanted in English while some ordinary parts (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei) were chanted in Latin and the Pater Noster was sung in Filipino. Just like Pope Benedict XVI, Fr. Zerrudo "turned towards the Lord" during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. He used the Eucharistic Prayer I or the Roman Canon of the Missal of Pope Paul VI, a very rarely used Eucharistic prayer in the Philippines. Most of those assisting must have heard it for the very first time.

The altar servers who were present were inpired and they, together with the whole congregation, now know how a priest should celebrate and offer the sacrifice of our Lord, that is with dignity, reverence and a great sense of the sacred.

This is the Mass of Pope Paul VI seen through the lens of hermeneutic of continuity. Deo Gratias! Viva Santo Nino!

1 comment:

Shirley said...

Goodness, the pictures are indeed so inspiring! Thanks Gerald for posting this. An ad orientem Novus Ordo... being a true-blue Augustinian myself (ever "loyal" to the Order of St Augustine which runs my high school alma mater and our parish), the devotion to the Sto Niño (esp that of Cebu) is such that makes me remember how each Filipino must be thankful to the Lord for making our country Catholic. Now wouldn't it be too much that an "Augustinian" as myself dream of the Friars in the Basilica del Sto Niño in Cebu celebrate a Tridentine High Mass in His honour one day?