A few years ago I was watching a re-run of "The Journey Home" on EWTN following Father Corapi's now-defunct show and Helen Hull Hitchcock was the guest. It was then that I learned about the Adoremus Society and the Adoremus Hymnal. I began subscribing to the newsletter shortly after that episode of TJH and have been receiving it ever since.
The most lively part of the newsletter is the readers' forum and this month's makes the combox on some of the most radically traditional blogs look tame in comparison. It is the mission of the Adoration Society to
" rediscover and restore the beauty, the holiness, the power of the Church's rich liturgical tradition while remaining faithful to an organic, living process of renewal. The purpose of such a renewal cannot be stated more eloquently than this statement by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger:
Christian Liturgy is cosmic Liturgy, as Saint Paul tells us in the Letter to the Philippians. It must never renounce this dignity, however attractive it may seem to work with small groups and construct homemade liturgies. What is exciting about Christian Liturgy is that it lifts us up out of our narrow sphere and lets us share in the Truth. The aim of all liturgical renewal must be to bring to light this liberating greatness.-- Feast of Faith
( From the Adoration Society's Mission Statement)
One of this month's contributors to the Adoremus Bulletin informed the editors that there would be no need for their publication if the Novus Ordo did not exist. Another said they were canceling their subscription, all because the editors will not condemn the Novus Ordo. Wisely, the editors will not presume to know better than Pope Benedict XVI about the sacred liturgy. Apparently, a gentleman sent them a letter last month informing them that he could not contribute to their organization because they "support" the Novus Ordo which, in his mind, is not a real Mass. This month's edition included letters of support for that same gentleman. One writer in particular certainly did not hold back:
"Long after we are all gone, the Novus Ordo will be recognized for what it was: a moment in time when the faithful tried to pull God down to their level and ushered 90% of Church into hell, under the 'spirit of Vatican II.' "
Wow. As much as I detest guitars at Mass, hugging at the sign of peace and the attitude that the primary objective of the Holy Sacrifice is social contact, I wouldn't dare go so far.
I extracted the following statements from the lengthy response provided by the editors:
"We do find it disturbing that some otherwise serious Catholics feel free to decide for themselves what constitutes authentic Catholic liturgy, and to reject the decisions and the example of the Church's highest authority - the popes and an ecumenical council. Can rejecting Church authority on so crucial and essential a matter as the Mass ever be a Catholic response?" (Adoremus Bulletin Vol. XVII No. 5)
Anyway, whatever Form you prefer, if you are of the mind that silence and appropriate reverence are sadly missing from our Churches, I would urge you to consider subscribing to the Adoremus Bulletin. It is an excellent resource containing news, commentary and instruction as well as the afore-mentioned letters' section. You can visit their site online at .http://www.adoremus.org/index.html