To what extent may the prayers and ceremonial actions of the usus antiquior be used in the celebration of Mass according to the Missal of Pope Paul VI? Examples of some elements being used by Archbishop Ranjith and Pope Benedict XVI seem to contradict in practice the idea that such enrichment is forbidden. An often quoted text from Notitiae, which discouraged the use of traditional elements, is examined and found wanting, especially in the light of Summorum Pontificum, which is considered in terms of its application to the celebration of the newer form of Mass. The enhancement of the newer form of Mass by the addition of elements from the usus antiquior is distinguished from arbitrary deformation of the liturgy and from the imposition of the priest’s personal whims. Some possible future practical developments are outlined.
The article is copyrighted but I am allowed to put a copy on my own website so here is a link to the full text. You can download it to read at home etc., but it would be against the terms of copyright that I have agreed for you to post the whole article on your blog. You can, of course, quote from it within reason. The citation is
Usus Antiquior, Vol. 2 No. 1, January, 2011, 61–68and you can subscribe here.
I'm very grateful to Dr Laurence Hemming for reviewing and accepting the article. He is currently combining editing Usus Antiquior with his new role as captain of a squad at his rowing club in Mortlake, where he’s training hard in an eight for the coming racing season on the Thames.
Rowing is probably a healthy diversion from traditionalist concerns; but you can never be entirely safe. See, for example, the Thames Traditional Rowing Association who promote the sport of fixed seat rowing and sculling on the River Thames in Waterman’s Cutters based on boats used in London in the 1700s.
Later I was wondering whether the coxless fours might count as sedevacantists but that is probably getting a bit silly.