|Vesperal Holy Saturday liturgy at the rite time|
Why bother with the old Roman rite?
A friend's parish has incrementally restored—or lapsed in recidivism—the traditional Palm Sunday and the Pre-Sanctified Mass on Good Friday. If the pastor can free himself of the "do everything after the Gospel" mentality Pacelli introduced, fixing Mandy Thursday would be quite simple. The real trick is the Holy Saturday liturgy. Doing it during the day is probably out of the question, but getting the rite right is at least feasible. The problem is that since Pius and Paul VI put their respective "forms of the same rite" at night, people are accustomed to a two and a half hour liturgy that ends some time around midnight. The real thing takes about four hours with the readings, psalms, and orations as well as the processions and doubled Litany of the Saints.
The man in question needs some ideas from you readers, food for thought to feed his pastor heading into next year in hopes of a complete Roman Triduum. At first I was tempted to suggest a mix-'n'-match like Fr Ronald Silk used to do in Cambridge, the old ceremonies with the reduced readings. One would still have the blessing of the fire with the three prayers, the triple Candle representing the Trinity, the blessing of the font and Holy Water, the leading of the neophytes to the front of the church supported by the prayers of the heavenly host during the Litany of Saints, and the conclusion of Vespers. And yet are not the readings—the entirety of salvation history prior to Christ—not integral to that worship?
One might be tempted to abjured that mentality for its spiritual sloth, but this would get our friend no where and it is not without precedent. Unless I am wrong, the Roman rite had twelve prophecies, but all the local usages had merely four. The Greek rite had fifteen, but the Arabs and Slav have reduced it to four or a few more depending on one's locale.
So, why bother? Why make the effort for the old rite? Suggestions needed!