Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

HOLY COMMUNION AT HOME AS EASY AS 1-2-3 AND CONSECRATED VIA LIVE BROADCASTS OF THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS--IS IT POSSIBLE?

Our previous post opened the possibility of confession via face time ala The Jestsons! When one travels to Rome and wants a religious article bless by the pope or to receive a papal blessing with all the indulgences, one may receive these blessings from a distance and any relious articles are blessed too and if one is watching a papal blessing live on TV, the same blessings is validly extended to the one watching TV.

Could the Church in her infinite pastoral ministry allow bread and wine placed before the TV at a live celebration of the Mass where the celebrant has the intention of consecrating those elements for the Catholic who is watching and waiting to receive Holy Communion?
In 1979 as a seminarian, I was chosen to be an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion (I was an installed acolyte at that point) at Pope St. John Paul's Mass on the Mall in Washington, DC. The organizers gave us who were to distribute Holy Communion wooden salad bowls (which I still have) filled with unconsecrated hosts covered in plastic wrap. I was about a block from the Holy Father, and it is said that it was His Holiness intention to consecrate all these hundreds of thousand of Host held by those who would then distribute Holy Communion to the vast throngs.

So consecration at a distance is plausible and I suspect could be extended to a live celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass to homes and bread and wine awaiting consecration with the intention of the celebrant to make it happen.

DISCUSS!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

WHAT ABOUT FACE TIME FOR THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE?


Canon Law and certainly sacramental theology has said (once the phone was invented) that a person cannot go to confession and receive absolution over the phone. They have to be physically present.

Now that we have The Jetsons' technology for face time on phones and computers, what about receiving absolution that way?

If not ordinarily, why not, but if not, what about in extraordinary situations where no priest is ever available for Confessions, like remote Alaska outposts?

Discuss on line or in person!

Monday, March 27, 2017

WOULD YOU BE IN FAVOR OF NO MASS OR HOLY COMMUNION ON FRIDAYS OF LENT AND A SIX WEEK ADVENT SEASON?


After watching Pope Francis splendid Ambrosian Mass in Milan, I learned from Wikipedia that no Mass is celebrated on Fridays of Lent or Holy Communion and Advent is six weeks long and Ash Wednesday is not celebrated nor Fat Tuesday but the Saturday after our Ash Wednesday is Fat Saturday extending Carnival 🎡!

I paste this from Wikipedia:

The Ambrosian Missal  restored two early-medieval Ambrosian eucharistic prayers, unusual for placing the epiclesis after the Words of Institution, in line with Oriental use.

Some features of the Ambrosian Rite distinguish it from the Roman Rite liturgy.

MassEdit

The main differences in the Mass are:[4]

Liturgical yearEdit

The main differences in the liturgical year are:
  • Advent has six weeks, not four.
  • Lent starts four days later than in the Roman Rite, so that Ash Wednesday is postponed to a week later than in the Roman Rite, and Carnival continues until "sabato grasso" ("Fat Saturday" in Italian), corresponding to Shrove Tuesday (called "mardi gras", i.e. "Fat Tuesday", in French) in areas where the Roman Rite is used.
  • On Fridays in Lent, Mass is not celebrated and, with a few exceptions, Communion is not distributed.
  • Red, not the Roman-Rite green, is the standard colour of vestments from Pentecost to the third Sunday of October, and there are other differences in liturgical colours throughout the year.

OtherEdit

Other differences are:
  • The Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office or Breviary) is different in structure and in various features.[5][6]
  • The liturgical rites of the Holy Week are quite different.
  • The rite of funerals is different.
  • Baptism of infants is done by triple immersion of the head.
  • The thurible has no top cover, and is swung clockwise before the censing of a person or object.[7]
  • Ambrosian deacons wear the stole over the dalmatic and not under it.
  • The Ambrosian cassock, buttoned with only five buttons below the neck, is held with a fascia at the waist, and is worn with a round white collar.
  • Ambrosian chant is distinct from Gregorian chant.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

LAETARE SUNDAY! DID YOUR CELEBRANT WEAR PINK, HOT PINK OR ROSE TODAY? A ROSE BY ANY OTHER COLOR IS STILL A ROSE! I HAVE TO DELUDE MYSELF IN THAT WISHFUL THINKING

The previous pastor of my new parish left this rose vestment for me which I wore on Gaudete  Sunday when I blessed an out outdoor shrine to the unborn after the 3rd Sunday of Advent Mass. Today, Laetare Sunday, I wore it again! If you don't like hot pink, then, please, in your charity send me a nice rose vestment (Gothic style please) with matching dalmatic. Have I ever asked for anything on this blog???

In Macon, today, in addition to Laetare Sunday, it is also the opening of the Cherry Blossom Festival there and as it frequently the case it coincides with the Laetare Sunday Mass and of course visitors and parishioners thought I was being "cute" by wearing the pink of the Cherry Blossom Festival and of course I had to correct them publicly at Mass!

Did you, your fellow Catholics and your priest wear rose today????????????

Other examples of rose and not so rosy:






CRICKETS!

 Yesterday, our Holy Father, His Holiness Pope Francis celebrated in splendor the Modern Ambrosian Rite of Milan which I posted on the previous post with video and differences in the Ambrosian Rite and the normative Latin Rite. Silence from commenters!

I checked other liturgical blogs and nothing, absolutely nothing, except that Praytell highlights an African Rite.

Given the fact that His Holiness, Pope Francis hasn't celebrated the Ambrosian Rite as pope until yesterday and and did so in a most splendid way with beautiful vestments for His Holiness and the other ministers, you would have thought this should have been fodder for discussion but what do we hear? CRICKETS!  WHY Oh WHY, I ASK??????


Saturday, March 25, 2017

HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS WITH POPE FRANCIS IN THE REVISED AMBROSIAN RITE OF MILANO

 MANY DIFFERENCES IN THE AMBROSIAN RITE COMPARED TO OUR LATIN RITE!

FASCINATING INTRODUCTORY RITES OR PRAYERS AT THE FOOT OF THE ATLAR/CRUCIFIX WITH PROPER CHANTS! THE DEACON SEEMS TO INCENSE THE ALTAR, NOT THE POPE. 

THE POPE'S MITER REMAINS ON UNTIL AFTER THE SIGN OF THE CROSS AND GREETING THAT IS FOLLOWED IMMEDIATELY BY THE COLLECT. THE FIRST READER SEEKS A BLESSING FROM THE POPE. IT SEEMS THAT THE SECOND LECTOR WHO ALSO ASKS FOR A BLESSING IS DRESSED AS A DEACON. THE FIRST LECTOR WASN'T SHOWN BUT I PRESUME THE SAME, A SUBDEACON POSSIBLY????? 

THE GOSPEL PROCESSION IS MAGNIFICENT AND IT APPEARS THERE ARE VESTED SUBDEACONS AS DEACON AND SUBDEACON DALMATICS/TUNICS ARE BEAUTIFUL. DEACON REQUESTS BLESSING FROM POPE FROM AMBO, NOT IN FRONT OF THE POPE DIRECTLY! CENSING OF GOSPEL IN AMBROSIAN STYLE.

NO CREDO (SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION) IT APPEARS THAT THE OFFERTORY CHANT AND PREPARATION OF THE ALTAR TAKES PLACE BEFORE THE UNIVERSAL PRAYER. 



THE SIGN OF PEACE TAKES PLACE BEFORE THE PRESENTATION OF THE OFFERINGS WITH AN ACCOMPANYING CHANT!

THE OFFERINGS ARE PRESENTED WITH INCENSE PRECEDING THEM. THE POPE PLACES INCENSE IN CENSOR PRIOR TO GOING TO ALTAR. ONE SIDED ALTAR INCENSATION BY THE POPE. DEACONS CONCLUDES INCENSATION OF ALTAR.

NOW THE CREDO IS CHANTED WITH POPE AT ALTAR!!!!!! THE DEACON INCESNES EVERYONE DURING THE CREDO IN AMBROSIAN HUGE CIRUCULAR FASHION, SPECTACULAR. THE POPE KNEELS AT THE ALTAR AND EVERYONE ELSE KNEELS FOR THE "INCARNATUS EST!"

THE POPE IS ASSISTED TO HIS FEET GRIMACING IN GREAT PAIN!

DIRECTLY TO COLLECT, NO ORATE FRATRES!

THE AMBROSIAN RITE KNOWS HOW TO INCENSE AT IT IS SMOKING THROUGHOUT THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER!

THE CONSECRATION OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD IS LONGER THAN OURS AND I AM NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER PRAYED IN ITALIAN  

AFTER THE GREAT AMEN, SOME MARIAN CHANT OR COMMUNIONC CHANT? NO OUR FATHER BUT THE FRACTION RITE!

AFTER THE FRACTION RITE WITH CHANT, THE PATER NOSTER IS CHANTED.

NO AGNUS DEI PRIOR TO THE ECCE AGNUS DEI AND COMMUNION! 

THIS IS CHURCH HISTORY IN THE MAKING: MORE FROM CARDINAL BURKE ON THE FORMAL CORRECTION OF A SITTING PONTIFF



To view the video of Cardinal Burke's brief presentation on the correction of Pope Francis concerning Amoris Laetia on Friday, March 24, The Vigil of the Annunciation of the Lord, press this sentence.

Whether you question the prudence of Cardinal Burke or not, this is somewhat similar to the Archbishop Marcel Lefebrve case in the 1970's. It is history in the making, wouldn't you agree? 

CELEBRATING THE ORDINARY FORM MISSAL IN THE VERNACULAR AS IS BUT IN AN EXTRAORDINARY FORM WAY


As I watched the Children's Mass from Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio which I posted in the previous post, I thought to myself, "Self, why don't bishops of every diocese in the world promote this kind of Mass not only for children but for adults as Atonement does?"

Let me explain what I mean. I think the style in which the children's Mass is celebrated in the video in the previous post (which, btw, is the way Atonement celebrates the Mass with adults and families on Sunday, no difference!) can, could and should be celebrated in every Catholic parish with our very own Ordinary Form Roman Missal, allowing for all the prayer options contained in it.

Thus, I continue to say, that knowledge and celebration of the 1962 Roman Missal even in a "boutique" way, should be the template on how the Ordinary Form is celebrated. The OF can, could and should be celebrated as the Atonement video shows, but priests and pastors need the encouragement if not mandate of the bishop to do so!

So, without changing one iota of the current 2012 Ordinary Form Missal, apart from the direction of the prayer, which in fact is allowed already and certainly in continuity with the more than 1,900 years of praying the Mass in an ad orientem direction, even if symbolically, I would suggest the following:

1. The 2012 Roman Missal does in fact contain in a separate liturgical book for musicians the Proper Introit, Offertory and Communion Antiphons.  This can, could and should be chanted either in our traditional format in the various degrees of Gregorian Chant in Latin or in the vernacular and the Atonement video shows how marvelous these chants can be in English! --This would eliminate from the Mass the inane hymns and other music choices that do not fit the musical, spiritual and devotional qualities of the Latin Rite Patrimony! I would suggest that since the current OF Roman Missal allows a substitution of the Propers for inane hymns of silly styles incongruous with the Latin Rite's chant patrimony, that liturgical musicians could borrow the chants of the Ordinariate's Missal, Divine Worship with their Elizabethan English and the traditional format of the Introit that mirrors the EF's format for the Introit, which includes the Gloria Patri!

2. All the prayers of the Roman Missal be celebrated at the altar ad orientem as in the Atonement video, except for those parts that are directed to the congregation, such as liturgical greetings. This would allow for the complete use of any option of prayers in the Roman Missal, such as the options for the Penitential Act and Eucharistic Prayers.

3. Kneeling for Holy Communion! This is a no-brainer if we are to recover the mystery and reverence for the Sacramental Real Presence of our Risen Lord transubtantially present in the Consecrated Host with Holy Communion reverently received on the tongue.

4. The recovery of kneeling for the Final Blessing as well as for the Penitential Act--of course this would entail a slight revision of the OF Missal to allow this since it isn't currently a rubric.

What I truly appreciated in the Atonement Video was the recessional. After the priest and ministers departed, all the children knelt to sing a hymn of Thanksgiving. It is in our tradition, although lost in many places today because of all the chit chat that takes place in the nave of the church, for Catholics to make a prayer of thanksgiving after Mass. The Atonement video takes this a step further making it a communal act and sung with a devotional hymn! How marvelous is that?

5. I noticed in the Atonement Video that only the scola chanted the Propers and beautifully. This will certainly raise the ire of modern liturgists who insist the congregation must sing everything along with a choir, cantor or scola/choir! We have to mature beyond this ideology as the Atonement parish has done and realize that active participation can be accomplished through listening and contemplation as so much of our chant and musical patrimony in the Latin Rite requires an expertise that the laity cannot always accomplish! We don't need to dumb things down to a level of triteness to appease modern liturgists' hang up about vocal active participation by the laity in every hymn and chant!

6. Please note too, that the Liturgy of the Word in the Atonement Video is not done at the altar facing it, but at a lectern for the Epistle and on the Epistle side of the sanctuary. The traditional Gradual and Tract is chanted marvelously in English which is noble in its simplicity compared to the responsorial psalm style with the useless repetition of the refrain over and over and over again! The Gradual/Alleuia or Tract is available in the Ordinary Form's musical resources! How many people know this??????? Also, please note that the Roman Missal is transferred to the Gospel side of the altar during the chanting of the Gradual/Tract even though the Gospel is read by the deacon facing the congregation at the center of the sanctuary below the altar.

My Final comments: As I have continuously written, our only hope for a Latin Rite Mass in the Ordinary Form that is in continuity with our Latin Rite Patrimony heritage is the refinement of the 2012 Ordinary Form Missal that makes it more EF in spirituality and ethos! We will never see the entire Latin Rite Church return to the 1962 EF Missal exclusively. That missal should remain but will remain only as a "boutique" experience for an elite group of Catholics who appreciate it.

I do propose though, and I think it could happen one day, that the current OF Roman Missal be more closely aligned to the Ordinariate's Roman Missal, something I have consistently advocated! This means a return to the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar, the reordering of certain aspects of the Mass to be consistent with the EF's Order, the return of the traditional offertory prayers, the elimination of all the useless additional Eucharistic Prayers except the Roman Canon which is normally required in the Divine Worship Missal for Sundays and Eucharistic Prayer II which is allowed for week day Masses--the Divine Missal has only these two canons with strict rubrics to mandate the Roman Canon on Sunday! It also has rubrics for the canons for double genuflections at the consecrations, kissing the altar as in the EF to include kissing it each time the celebrant turns away from the altar toward the congregation.

The revision of the 2012 Missal should also align itself to the Divine Worship Missal in terms of revisions to the Roman Calendar to include the Season of Septuagesima, the Octave of Pentecost and ember and rogation days.

DISCUSS!

Friday, March 24, 2017

IF BY CHILDREN'S LITURGY, WE MEAN THIS, WELL THEN, PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS COME!

When it comes to children's and teenager's liturgies, most parishes cater to the child's mentality which will keep them children and teenagers as it concerns their preference for the style of liturgy well into their adulthood. In other words, parishes enable arrested development of our young people's Catholicism and liturgical praxis and spirituality.

This children's liturgy is from the Ordinariate's Roman Missal, approved by the way, by Pope Francis and celebrated at Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas on March 22, just two days ago.

While this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass includes elements of the Anglican liturgical patrimony, which I find wordy, it is nonetheless a liturgy that Sacrosanctum Concilium envisioned which was disordered by those who fabricated the new Order of the Mass. This is sad indeed, but steps like the Ordinariate's Missal are rectifying a sad situation.

Please listen to the chanting of the Propers in English. Magnificent. How many lay Catholics even know that the Introit, Offertory and Communion Propers even exist if they never hear it since these are not required to be chanted but substitutes can be made, like "Be Not Afraid" and "Here I am Lord" and "Leaping the Mountains" not to mention "How Great Thou Art", "Amazing Grace" and "The Old Rugged Cross."

Thanks to Knoxville Henry for leading me to this video:

Thursday, March 23, 2017

AN IMPLICIT CRITIQUE?

Cardinal: ‘By African standards, I’m not conservative, I’m ["Catholic"]

Cardinal: ‘By African standards, I’m not conservative, I’m normal’
Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze, retired prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, is pictured outside St. Peter's Basilica after the closing Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 25. 2015. (Credit: CNS photo/Paul Haring.)
Does the comment from Francis Cardinal Arinze I post below imply that conversations among cardinals who elect a pope are concerned that a pope might act as a non Catholic? This is quite a fascinating discussion given how the "spirit of Vatican II" has made possible two answers to this famous question which until recently always had only one answer! "Is the Pope Catholic?"

This is the comment from Cardinal Arinze of Africa in an interview with Crux about electing an African pope which you can read in full by pressing the title of this post from John Allen above, where the Cardinal also criticizes liturgical dance in Africa and other aspects of inculturation:

“If he [the pope] doesn’t deliver the goods, what do we gain even if he comes from my own village? For me, it’s not important. What matters is that he’s a Catholic!”

My comment: Recently Pope Francis in an interview said the same thing about the conclave that elects the next pope, that IT BE CATHOLIC. I wonder, given Cardinal Arinze's remark, full of implications, doesn't also imply that cardinals have raised the concern in private about the catholicity of a pope and the current pope's remark about conclaves is a snarky reply?????

Of course implied in the two "catholic" remarks is the two meanings of catholic. Pope Francis' remark has nothing to do with the Deposit of Faith that a pope is required to hand on, but rather, the international or universal flavor of the cardinal electors, that they be multi-cultural and diverse--catholic.

Whereas Cardinal Arinze's definition of Catholic is based upon faith and morals of the person elected pope, that he be Catholic. 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DOES VATICAN II ECUMENISM LEAD TO CHRISTIAN EGALITARIANISM AND A LACK OF AUTHENTIC CATHOLIC PRAXIS THUS MAKING THE POINT OF THE SSPX?


Both Vice President Pence and Judge Gorsuch are fully initiated into the true Church, yet their current Catholic identity is ambiguous. Pence calls himself an evangelical Catholic and attended a non denominational mega church.

Gorsuch has attended his wife's Episcopal Church for the past 15 years although it is ambiguous if he has formally joined that denomination.

In days gone by this would have been declared anathema, but not a peep today from their local bishops considering their high profile stature as public servants.

What is so sad is how common this is today contributing to the tragic truth that in some dioceses only 12% of Catholics actually attend Mass with a goodly percentage of the 12% heterodox. In other words 88% of Catholics don't attend Mass.