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The Silent Canon: Is Worship Supposed to be Awful?

January 5th, 2015, Promulgated by Bernie

A post from the New Liturgical Movement website.


Harris (Charles Harris) brings forward an abundance of quotations from the earliest liturgical sources to support his contention that the silent recitation of part or all of the Anaphora or Canon of the Eucharistic liturgy became the norm very early on in both East and West. This evidence—and more importantly, the underlying theology and spirituality to which it points—is a clarion call for Catholics of the Roman Rite to continue to work zealously for either the preservation and spread (in the usus antiquior) or the reappraisal and restoration (in the Novus Ordo) of the silent Canon. This ancient and longstanding custom, like the ad orientem stance and the exercise of liturgical roles by ordained ministers, expresses the great reverence due to our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament.

Harris first talks about the psychology of silence…

Read the entire post here.

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One Response to “The Silent Canon: Is Worship Supposed to be Awful?”

  1. christian says:

    Regarding Liturgy: One thing I miss about the Ordinary Form of the Mass is the Last Gospel. It is included in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, but has been omitted in the Ordinary Form of the Mass.

    I wonder if the local Bishop has the authority to have it included in the Ordinary Form, or if it has to come from the Vatican.

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