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April 1st, 2016

Fun with Pope Francis

Our Holy Father Pope Francis, in an address to young  altar servers, reminisced about how things were in the Bad Old Days:

The Mass wasn’t in Italian then. The priest spoke but I didn’t understand anything. and neither did my friends.  So for fun we’d do imitations of the priest, messing up the words a bit to make up weird sayings in Spanish. We had fun, and we really enjoyed serving Mass.

Fr Hunwicke’s comment on this is very much to the point:

Of course, since Bergoglio was young, the Church has moved on from vetus to novus Ordo. But I’m sure the essential principles have not changed; Hermeneutic of Continuity, doncha know.

Gosh! What a splendid reason for having lots of children, so that they can all join serving teams and do comic parodies of what Novus Ordo celebrants get up to! Lots and lots of scope there for imaginative tinies! What ‘fun’, what jolly japes, to ridicule what a priest does and says while offering Mass! Actuosissima Participatio! Ex ore infantium and all that!

How, I wonder, might an imaginative eight-year-old mime the concept of ‘dewfall’?

I’m sure readers will be able to devise funny imitations of the priest and words messed up to make ‘weird sayings’ for the kiddies to deliver in order to liven up banal and dull renditions of the  Novus Ordo. Shops like TOYS R US could market special ‘Sacrilege Kits as approved by Pope Francis’!

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