The Liturgical Revolution

The Most Rev. Joseph Walsh, Archbishop of Tuam, concelebrating Mass on the 8th September, 1966, at Ballintubber Abbey, on the occasion of the Abbey’s 750th anniversary. 


Posted on July 21, 2011, in Archbishop Joseph Walsh, Irish History, Liturgy, Mass, Modernism, Second Vatican Council. Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Wow… fascinating period, the “transitional” one. Although it’s a concelebration there is still a deacon clearly visible. It’s not clear whether there’s also a subdeacon which there should be as the Mass and rubrics at that period were still of course basically those of 1962. Visually, though, doesn’t it look a little bit… well… messy? Perhaps “confused” is better. Just too many people around a too small altar. There is however an MC… he must have had some job with all those extra celebrants compared to what it would have been just over years previously – pre-September ’64.

    The Canon would still have been in Latin at that stage.

  2. jaykay, indeed. The Canon was only allowed to be recited in the vernacular in Ireland from the First Sunday of Advent, December 1st, 1968. (The Irish hierarchy decided this at their June meeting of the same year.)

  3. Yes. My mother was given a present of a new daily missal in early ’68 (still have it) and the canon is in the format of the present EP1 although with slightly different words of consecration of course. So they must have already decided on that at ICEL level but it just didn’t come in until Advent? Not that we kids really noticed all that much anyway. On Sundays we followed the “peoples’ prayers” in our little blue books (we had to learn them by heart anyway) but I distinctly recall we called the canon the “blah blah bit”. You could hear it by then, even recited lowly, as there was a mike on the altar. Such reverence (never in hearing of an adult, mind).

  4. jaykay, very interesting. The transitional period is indeed fascinating. There is an old priest near me who is very much a liturgical liberal but still recites the Leonine prayers after (Novus Ordo) Mass (…and presumably has done since his ordination).

  5. Nice. There’s hope yet, Shane! I always find Fr. Coyle’s posts on that period fascinating as he was ordained then. It sticks with me as it was of course my early formative period. I vaguely remember things prior to 1965 but the period from then to 1970 is very clear to me. Even learning a version of the Veni Creator in English! It certainly wouldn’t have happened 10 years later. But let’s not go there 🙂

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