Fr. Kyle Tabotabo, a young priest of the Archdiocese of Cebu who is stationed at the Archdiocesan Shrine of Saint Pedro Calungsod, has been learning to offer the Extraordinary Form Mass. His day to celebrate his first public Missa cantata (sung Mass) in this Form finally came last Sunday, September 3, 2017, for the 13th Sunday After Pentecost.
The Cebuano Summorum Pontificum Society was honored and humbled by Father Kyle’s love for the traditional Liturgy and for his immense desire to keep the sense of the sacred in the Liturgy of both Forms.
Please listen to his very concise and uplifting sermon (beginning at the 00:26:30 mark in the video). He talks about God’s promise and its fulfillment. He references the Propers of the Mass of the day, particularly the Introit (Entrance Antiphon), the Collect, the Lesson (Epistle), the Graduale, the Alleluia verse, and the Gospel itself — and even briefly weaves insights from the readings of the Ordinary Form Mass of the day. He even references an important, albeit often perfunctorily rendered, liturgical element, the Dismissal (“Ite missa est”).
Only very few priests these days ever touch upon the Propers of the Mass in their sermons, much less incorporate instruction about liturgical elements (e.g., “Ite missa est”). Instead, at the majority of Masses in our parishes today, we hear — in place of the official Sung Propers — songs and ditties that are not even the topmost in the order of priorities for music in the Mass (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium, 116; General Instruction of the Roman Missal, 41, 48, 61, 74, 87) .
Yet, the Sung Propers of the Mass are liturgical prayers dominantly scriptural in origin, and, being so, not only expose us to a “richer fare” of the “treasures of the Bible” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 51) but also enable us to reliably understand what the Church wants us to focus on in our prayer and worship on any given liturgical day or season.
Please continue supporting and praying for Father Kyle and for other young priests like him. Pray that they continue to discover — and recover — what have been obscured, or even outright abandoned unnecessarily, in the Liturgy within the past several years. Pray for more vocations!