Skip to comments.Pope says Vatican II did not reject Eucharistic adoration or processions [Catholic Caucus]
Posted on 06/07/2012 7:57:51 PM PDT by Petrosius
Rome, Italy, Jun 7, 2012 / 05:35 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI says the Second Vatican Council did not reject Eucharistic adoration outside of Mass, including the Corpus Christi procession that he led this evening in Rome.
One unilateral interpretation of the Second Vatican Council has penalized this dimension, restricting in practice the Eucharist to the moment of celebration, the Pope said during his homily for the Feast of Corpus Christi on June 7.
In this case, the accentuation placed on the celebration of the Eucharist acted to the detriment of adoration as an act of faith and prayer addressed to the Lord Jesus, truly present in the Sacrament of the Altar, he stated.
Pope Benedict offered an open-air Mass in the piazza outside his cathedral, the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The Feast of Corpus Christi commemorates the real presence of Christs body and blood in the Eucharist and has been celebrated universally since 1264.
The Pope told the large outdoor congregation that the way Eucharistic adoration was de-emphasized in the Church was influenced by a certain secularizing mentality of the 1960s and 70s and this had repercussions for the spiritual life of the faithful.
He proposed that limiting ones relationship with the Eucharistic Jesus solely to the moment of the Mass risked emptying his presence in the rest of existential time and space, including in our daily lives.
The Pope explained that there is no contradiction or conflict between Christ worshiped in the Mass and Christ adored outside the sacred liturgy, since communion and contemplation cannot be separated, they go together.
In order to truly communicate with another person, I have to know him, I need to know how to remain in silence near him, to listen to him, to look upon him with love, he said.
True love and true friendship, he continued, lives always in this reciprocity of gazes, of intense eloquent silences, full of respect and of veneration, so that the encounter is lived profoundly, in a personal and not superficial way.
Indeed, he proposed that Eucharistic adoration prepares the hearts of both priests and lay people for a more fruitful encounter with Christ in the Holy Mass.
In the moment of adoration, we are all on the same level, on bended knee before the Sacrament of Love, he said.
Following tradition, the papal liturgy was followed by a Corpus Christi procession, led by the Pope towards the nearby basilica of St. Mary Major.
With the sun setting, tens of thousands of pilgrims carried candles and lanterns as they sang Eucharistic hymns and filed in procession behind the Eucharist in the monstrance, carried aloft on the decorated papal float.
The evening concluded with Benediction outside the basilica, which Pope Benedict led.
That basilica is truly a work of art.
No complaints at my parish either.
Vlad, I have already thanked everyone for pointing out my lack of knowledge on the subject. I also commented on how respectful everyone was in pointing out my errors. That was up until now. I did not have the luxury of a Catholic Education and I joined the church as a result of my wife and my children. There have been no Latin masses since I converted.
Sorry if I offended you. Again, I apologize. Yes, Really.
Since we are repeating what the Centurion said to Our Lord, it is vital that we are accurate, otherwise the scriptural sense and reason is lost. Perhaps your laughing priest does not have enough theology to understand our dual nature, we have a body and a spirit.
Find a parish that does the mass in a good and holy manner.
Don't move to northwest Florida. Sadly there are no parishes, in this town at least, which treat Mass with any real reverence. Very sad situation for the few here are really want to worship. Very, very sad.
I wondered about that too; "and also with you / and with thy spirit." The explanation I heard has to do with the supernatural mark placed on the soul of the priest at ordination. He's not just some guy standing in the Sanctuary, but has an elevated spiritual position, distinct from the layity assisting at Mass. He is not supposed to be another personality doing a job; in fact, his personality should be supressed as he offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Then the response makes sense, as he says "The Lord be with you," we say "And with thy spirit." If your priest snickers at the response, (a. charitable) he has not received proper formation (b. uncharitable) he is deeply flawed.
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