Liturgy in Collegeville: From the Archives – Part XII

Pray Tell is running a series on the liturgical history of Collegeville. The sub-series “From the Archives” reprints some of the Liturgy Committee meeting minutes from 1963 to 1969. This sub-series is a behind-the-scenes look at liturgy in Collegeville during and immediately after the Second Vatican Council.

The next record from the Liturgy Committee:

Minutes of the Liturgy Committee

Nov. 23, 1963

Present were Fathers John, Daniel, Michael, Gerard, Aelred, Camillus, Wenceslaus, Leon, Fr. Adam, and Bro. Gerard.

The first matter for discussion was the recitation of the “Our Father” at meals. It was agreed that the heb should intone the “Our Father” in the table-prayers after supper in such a way that the community will pray it silently and there will be no danger of one or two starting to pray it aloud. Proper inflection on the part of the heb should take care of this problem. When the booklet of table-prayers is redone, the question of the proper pauses for the recitation of the Our Father will be taken up.

Father John raised the question of whether people should be encouraged to make the sign of the Cross during Benediction at the blessing of the monstrance. The committee thought that the sign of the Cross should be encouraged here; among other reasons, we sign ourselves when the celebrant gives the last blessing at Mass, the name of the service, “Benediction,” would seem to imply signing oneself during the blessing of the monstrance, etc.

Smaller candles had been suggested by the procurator and sacristan for the downstairs chapels because of the expense of the “followers” needed for these candles and the difficulty of obtaining them. In view of the aesthetic value of these candles, the committee would want more exact figures on the breakage, etc. of these “followers” before discussing the matter further.

The next question discussed was the direction in which the celebrant should face at the Dominus vobiscum, Orate fratres, and last blessing. It was recommended that the present practice of the celebrant’s turning to face the (majority of the) community be continued.

The committee backed Father Leon’s suggestion that a better microphone be acquired for the Assumption Chapel, one that would stand on the pulpit.

Whether the present prayer to St. Benedict recited after Compline should be replaced by the “Excita, Quaesumus, …” and the manner of its recitation were questions reserved for further discussion.

For Thanksgiving it was suggested that last year’s schedule be observed, but in line with the suggestion formulated last meeting, there should be a “missa cantata” instead of a Solemn High Mass.

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  1. The next question discussed was the direction in which the celebrant should face at the Dominus vobiscum, Orate fratres, and last blessing. It was recommended that the present practice of the celebrant’s turning to face the (majority of the) community be continued.

    I am under the impression that the 1962 rubrics (and perhaps earlier Tridentine missals) permit a celebrant to omit the turns if he is saying a conventual Mass facing the enclosure in a contemplative monastery, for example. However, I remember seeing a photo of Pope St. John XXIII in the middle of a turn at the papal altar in St. Peter’s. Even so, it’s important to remember that at that time the cardinals sat behind the papal altar. Perhaps Pope John’s turns were directed at the cardinals, as if they were the only congregation at the pontifical Mass.

  2. This meeting took place the day after President Kennedy’s assassination, which plainly did not figure in the discussion. I’m not sure what to think about that.

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