If you have gone to Mass in the past forty years, the chances are excellent that you have encountered a Liturgy not up to a high standard of solemnity. Perhaps the priest spent five minutes making jokes. Maybe there was dancing, or puppets. Maybe there were simply a ridiculous number of children swarming the altar at various times. There are those of a traditionalist bent who see these things as a modernist aberrations that must be wiped out. Against these there are those modernists who see these things as the necessary means of building communion within the Body of Christ. The former call the latter misguided (if not outright heretical) innovators, while the latter call the former reactionary and close-minded Pharisees.
Apart from these there is a third camp, one that recognizes that deviations from the rubrics de-solemnizes an action that should be the highest act of mankind, but also sees merit in these etra-normative instances. This group, I think, has hit the mark. There is something good in the dances and the stories and the hoards of children, but the Mass is not the place for them.
Reader: What the devil are you talking about. What do you want, everyone in the parish to meet up at sometime other than Mass for singing and dancing?
Author: Well, yes I do.
Reader: Wait, really?
What you, dear reader, have hit upon, earlier than I planned on mentioning it, is my grand scheme for the restoration of a solemn Mass, and a completely formed Christian person. Quite a tall order, no? Well to make my point we have to take a step back.
I do not believe that the innovations that have crept into the Mass since the Council are the work of magical liberal fairies who suddenly appeared in 1967. I cannot speak to the actual motives of the men at the time, but what they did really did respond (though badly) to a glaring problem in the Church that has existed for more than 200 years in the West. The Industrialization of the West began the process, and it reached its fruition with the marriage of Big Business and Big Government around the turn of the 20th Century. Business wanted wage slaves, and Government wanted dependent slaves. To reach their goal they needed to do two things: First destroy local patriotism, and then destroy the family. In the coming posts I will detail the destruction of the local patriotism and the family. In particular, I will show how these led step by step to the watering down of the Liturgy. Finally, I will outline my plan for the Restoration of Christendom, and the Solemnity of the Mass.
I hope I have whetted your appetite.