CATHOLIC HERALD readers interested in the recent observations on taking one's old missals to church might be interested also in my experience as an unrepentant missal-carrier on Easter Sunday.
In my parish church the Mass was so modern that during the reading of the Gospel children staged the empty tomb scene on the sanctuary steps. It was splendid. And so was the entire Mass — in the vernacular, of course, throughout, and with observations on the meaning of the liturgy at convenient stages by the celebrant. And not forgetting what I suppose is called "church pop" 'by choir and children."
And I used my beloved, battered ancient missal as well. I read some of my favourite passages from the Tridentine Canon, and some of the old post-Communion prayers which have been a comfort to me since boyhood.
J. W. Dray Southend-on-Sea.
ZAINA (March 20) Miraises two points, one of them concerning What the Liturgy Constitution means by devout and active .participation, the other concerning the legality of Latin Mess in the Tridentine form 'between now and the end of November next year.
The first point is too long to develop here but I hope to deal with it in my column in a few weeks' time; it has been raised by several correspondents.
As to the second point, when preparing my piece for February 27 I was not aware of the words used by the Holy Father and by Fr. Bugnini but I came to the conclusion that they must be understood in conjunction with a document, dated October 20 and issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship, which states: "It is the prerogative of each Episcopal Conference to settle on a date from which the new Order of Mass will become obligatory (except for 'retired priests and any other cases referred to the Congregation)."
On making inquiries from official sources, I was informed that the two Episcopal Conferences in this island had chosen February 15, 1970.
(Fr.) John Symon Melrose. Roxburghshire.