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How not to say Mass : a guidebook on liturgical principles and the Roman missal

How Not to Say Mass; A Guidebook on Liturgical Principles and the Roman Missal

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  • How Not to Say Mass looks first at general principles for liturgy, for understanding symbols, and for being a presider. Examining the Mass, section by section, using the approach of via negativefocusing on what NOT to dothe author reminds presiders of the many obvious, but sometimes unconscious, violations of rubrics and liturgical principles ...

    How Not to Say Mass looks first at general principles for liturgy, for understanding symbols, and for being a presider. Examining the Mass, section by section, using the approach of via negative-focusing on what NOT to do-the author reminds presiders of the many obvious, but sometimes unconscious, violations of rubrics and liturgical principles which can be detrimental to the celebration of good effective liturgy.

  • How Not to Say Mass looks first at general principles for liturgy, for understanding symbols, and for being a presider. Examining the Mass, section by section, using the approach of via negativefocusing on what NOT to dothe author reminds presiders of the many obvious, but sometimes unconscious, violations of rubrics and liturgical principles which can be detrimental to the celebration of good effective liturgy.

    We have the adage "Familiarity breeds contempt." Not that we have contempt for the Eucharist, but we receive it so often that we can become slovenly. Even priests can become slovenly in the way they say Mass. As anyone who's been a superior of a community of priests knows, it's a delicate thing to approach the priest and say, "Father, look, you're saying Mass too fast; you're saying Mass too irreverently; you're doing this or that and you ought to correct it." Several years ago a Jesuit published a book called How Not to Say Mass, and when we read it in refectory in the monastery one of the old monks said, "How strange that a Jesuit should write a book on how not to say Mass." Well, here we go.

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    Oct 13, '10, 9:44 am
    Matthew Holford
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    Re: How Not to Say Mass

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    Originally Posted by dconklin
    What interest would a book with title be to the laity?
    At least two reasons immediately come to mind. 1. An interest in these matters. 2. Laity fulfil ministries such as MC, sacristan, etc. who may find the contents useful.

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    Oct 13, '10, 10:19 pm
    AJV
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    Re: How Not to Say Mass

    My apologies for the brief and mysterious response.

    My impression from your posts is that you are in favor of a certain continuity of expression between the old form of the Mass and the new. If I read this wrongly, my apologies.

    If that is in fact the case, then some parts of this book will be disappointing for you. The author is clearly against using certain gestures found in the old Mass in the new. It is not a bad book by any means, but depending on one's liturgical orientation some parts of the book may prove disappointing.

Smolariski had some good things to say