Rorate Caeli

An essay on the postures of the congregation at a Traditional Latin Mass

While we are all waiting for the official publication of Amoris Laetitia and the inevitable polemics that will accompany it, I am posting a couple of essays on liturgical matters, as a form of "recreation" (so to speak) before the battles to come. The rites and minutiae of the liturgy are a topic of great interest to many and I hope that this essay will be an occasion not for recriminations and angry debate but for a more thorough discussion of our participation -- internal as well as external -- in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

The first one is this essay originally hosted on the website of the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem. (Unfortunately that website seems to be down for the moment.) This essay was written by a Traditional Catholic living in California and was forwarded to an old friend of this blog, who then uploaded it to his Scribd page. The essay argues for the adoption of a set of postures that is based on the rubrics of the 1962 Missal itself and the statements of rubricists and other authorities from the decades before Vatican II, but is at variance with what has become common throughout the Anglo-American Traditional Catholic world since the 1980's.

I am posting this essay not because Rorate as a group endorses it but as a contribution to the continuing discussions in Traditionalist circles over the rubrics of the 1962 Missal.