ASK FATHER: Celebrate Prudence and not “Pride”!

wdtprs.com | 2/27/1978 | View all posts by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf →
rubydrummer (Posted by) Level 3


QUAERITUR:

Can a Pastor/Religious Superior mandate that the Associate Pastor/other Religious priests use only particular options in celebrating Mass with the congregation. Of course, saying Holy Mass ad Orientem is one matter. But what about the Pastor/Superior saying it is the custom here to NOT use, e.g: bells (even for the Consecration), the Chalice Veil and Burse, any Latin, chanting by the celebrant at certain parts, chasubles for concelebrants, the Roman Canon for Daily Mass, a Communion Paten, wine for the Ablution, an altar cross, the Sign of Peace, the Universal Prayer, etc.

Say - Celebrant - Mass - Options - Pastor/Superior

Basically, how much say does the Celebrant have on Mass options over the Pastor/Superior saying “that’s not the way we do it here.”

Can a pastor or superior mandate certain options within the Holy Mass.

Law - Priest - Faculties - Holy - Sacrifice

Well, if you’re asking canonically – according to liturgical law, a priest with the faculties to offer the Holy Sacrifice has the full right to offer that Sacrifice in the manner he sees fit – following the mandates of the rubrics, of course. The rubrics give to the celebrant several options (one of the quirks of the Ordinary Form) – sometimes which optional memorial to choose, which form of the penitential rite to use, whether or not to utilize the optional sign of peace.

In addition, there are options that are, if you will, praeter legem – whether to wear a Gothic or a Roman chasuble, whether to wear a biretta, whether to give a 5- or a 25-minute homily.

Options - Feet - Celebrant - Courses - Colors

All of these options are laid at the feet of the celebrant, who has presumably passed his seminary courses with flying colors, has the interest of God and His holy people at heart, is mindful of the eternal verities, and is at least sanus in mente, and hopefully, in corpore as well.

That’s the law.

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