Sunday, 7 April 2013

Say the black, do the red!!!!

A small rant may be forthcoming.

One sometimes reads online about various 'Liturgical abuses', but it is really only since moving away that I have noticed them particularly. We even doubted the validity of one Mass when someone said last time they went they used grape juice in place of wine (fortunantly, this seemed to be a simple misunderstanding).

We have a priest who takes it upon himself to snap the host in half during the consecration. Now, this innovation seems to make sense - the words of insitution say 'he broke the bread and gave it to his disciples...' but by that logic we should start distributing the hosts at this point! Besides there is a point in the Mass where the host is prescribed to be broken (During the Lamb of God). There is seperate conscration of bread and of wine to symbolize the seperation of Christ's body and blood in his sorrowful passion. In the fraction, theyare rejoined showing us that in Mass we receive the risen, glorifed and living God - Jesus: bodym blood, soul and divinity. A small point perhaps, but the liturgy should be holy. Something set apart. Not to be easily profaned.

Other issues have ranged from adoration during the Mass, changing the introduction to the Our Father, ommiting the homily on Sunday, extraordinary ministers being used in place of the avalible clergy to distribute communion, and so on with minor issues.

The Celebrate conference seems to be behind the times. They seem to have not woken up to the beauty of the Liturgical life of the Church. There is the use of breakable chalices for communion. Or the minor issue in choosing to sit for the Eucharistic Prayer, dispite the clear directives in the missal to kneel or if not possible to stand. I only attended two Masses in main hall as we had Mass in our 'stream', and both subsituted the pentitentual rite for songs/dramas. A nice drama showing the redempitive power of Christ in our life, but not one of the several forms permitted or even serving a vaguely similar effect. The readings were dramatised..thereby adding a particular interpetation of the Word. But by far the worse thing I think I've ever seen is the absolutly disallowed practice of pouring the precious blood after the conscration. They have jugs of wine on the altar and top up as they need it during distribution. Forbidden due to risk of spillage, not to mention lack of reverence.

Save the Liturgy, Save the World.
We pray what we believe.

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