The lace of the cloth that hangs over the altar moves the entire time from some source. It's not a fan on one side as it moves perfectly, as if there are air jets placed under the altar somewhere. It's so beautiful. The mass to me at St. John's is an extraordinary production at the highest level, if I can use that word. The altar servers are not boys, but young men, and they have the mass down perfectly. My husband doesn't remember, when he was a youngster, the altar servers being such an integral part of the Latin Mass, as four or five of them are assisting the priest frequently (not just sitting at the sidelines) and they are also blessing -- with incense -- one another and the parishioners. I wish I could tape the whole mass, but somehow, I think just like hockey (strange comparison, I know; my husband wrote a book on Catholicism/sports
), you need to witness the mass in person to feel the full impact.
I found a link that has Florida's TLMs in the event one slipped through without your knowledge:
Also, I share your concern regarding priests (and I could have sworn I heard "someone" telling me at mass last night to ... "pray for priests." I *heard* it really only once and it happened right after five pleasant young men (high school seniors through sophomore year in college approx.) sat right directly in front of me which was interesting in and of itself, because I was praying that someone, anyone, would sit in front of me, so I could be cued as to when to sit, kneel, and stand. (I didn't want to sit in the back of Church so I was in the third pew.)
And, oh, the Gregorian Chant! If someone can sit through a mass such as this and not see that Christ is being brought down to earth (alive!) via the Most Holy Eucharist, they are somehow lost (or dead) indeed.
posted on 01/07/2010 7:06:03 AM PST
("Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person" --Mother Teresa.)
To: mlizzy; Victoria Delsoul; kstewskis
How utterly beautiful.
The closest Triditine Mass is held at St. Mary's Parish in Wausau. Haven't been there yet but I hope to so very soon.
My sister and I were able to meet for daily Mass last week. It was wonderful, but I can't imagine what it must be like at St. John's parish. It takes my breath away.
posted on 01/07/2010 6:13:06 PM PST
by Northern Yankee
(Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
Gotta love that Marian shade of Cobalt Blue. Reminds me of the ink used in medieval “Illuminated Manuscripts” (Divine Office / Missals / etc.).
I briefly did a quick perusal of your husband’s site / blog and will read it more in depth when I get a chance here. Looks interesting. By the way, nice photo of your children. Nice to see happy and smiling siblings. Indicator of good parenting (or possibly someone made a joke just prior to it being taken ... [kidding on my part] ). ;-)
Additionally, will take a look at the Latin Mass links that you posted as well. Same goes for the Catholic Knight link regarding the Novus Ordo Missae. Just briefly glanced at it and was slightly taken aback by the pro Anglican-use style of worship being espoused by the site’s founder.
Somewhat reserved on my part about it as I think that Anglicanism is what has contributed to the erosion of how Roman Catholics worship. The Church needs to copy NOBODY with regard to how to worship (even though as I have mentioned before, that Anglican places of worship currently often have more of the “bells and smells” in their services than what the Roman Catholic Church has presently endorsed). You know the background on it already. I will delve further into it as I am only making a quick opinion without more analyzation / investigation on my part. :-)
OK, gonna scoot here.
posted on 01/07/2010 11:46:57 PM PST
(Like a moon without a tide ...)
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