1955 K Sun 28 Apr 2002
Today, at Eucharist in Melbourne, Archbishop Hart said two things I remember as particularly dramatic and important. The first was that his father had died earlier this morning. The second was after the "I Confess" when he said "Please sit" before he sat for the Kyrie and Gloria.
In the past he has sat without saying "Please sit". Most people have sat, but I have remained standing. Standing is what the liturgical books, the Roman Missal and Ceremonial of Bishops say should happen. Today I followed his instruction to sit.
I wrote to him about this during the week, in this letter.
I have mixed feelings about him saying "Please sit" and me sitting.
Should I sit when he says "Please sit"? According to the Study Translation of the 2000 General Instruction of the Roman Missal:
The problem is which to follow if the priest contradicts the liturgical books. The Latin text is slightly different in the 2002 General Instruction to the 2000 General Instruction, the changed word is bold.
For this issue I do not think the changes make much difference. The word "Missali" was "libris liturgicis"; "eademque" was "eadem". Two words have been removed that were after "sacerdos": "durante celebratione".
If the Roman Missal is not followed there will be problems. I see this as a clear example of it. Hopefully Archbishop Hart will come to see that as well.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 28 April 2002.