The Mass Upended by Anthony Esolen + David Mills

The Mass Upended

Anthony Esolen & David Mills on Restoring Primitive Jocularity to the Liturgy

September 25, 2008 (Christian Liturgical Associates Press)—Last year’s discovery of an ancient formula governing the worship of the earliest Christians has spurred the Catholic bishops of the English-speaking world to revise the Mass, both in language and in ritual gesture. A scrap of paper reading Lex orandi, lex ridendi, found among kitchen refuse excavated on Crete, suggests to scholars that solemnity and reverence were hardly the sole aims of ancient Christian worship.

The discovery highlights the need “to chuck the old chicken bones” of Christian liturgy, the remnants of the glo . . .