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Ancient Roman Catholic ritual making a comeback in Minnesota
AP ^ | 30 January 2005

Posted on 01/30/2005 6:27:26 PM PST by Catholic54321

MAPLE LAKE, Minn. - The ancient Roman Catholic ritual in which someone continuously adores the Eucharist, the wafter at the heart of the Catholic Mass, is making a comeback in St. Timothy's Catholic Church here, and nearly 40 other churches in the state.

"It's a bottom-up phenomenon," said John Boyle, a professor of theology and Catholic studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. "It's been remarkable over the past 20 years to watch it grow, especially the past 10 years."

The practice is known as "perpetual adoration" and was once the purview of nuns and monks, but now in churches from International Falls to Sleepy Eye candles and lights blaze through the night for the faithful.

On a recent morning at St. Timothy's, there's a neighborliness and informality to the ritual. Howard Selander, 77, kneels while his wife, Lucille, 72, chats with Dale Bothun, a teacher who had the previous shift before they begin.

They tend the candles, do a rosary and pray for the sick then stair straight at the Eucharist, the blessed bread Catholics believe is the body of Jesus which is enshrined in a glass case flanked by flickering candles. It's 12:38 a.m.

"Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins. Save us from the fires of Hell," Lucille Selander said, rocking as she says the first of many repetitions of the prayer. "Lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need of thy mercy."

The Selanders were probably not the only people performing the ritual in Minnesota that morning. The Rev. Victor Warkulwiz, a Pennsylvania priest who travels the country to help start adoration programs, said the ritual is making a comeback in the state.

"The Archdiocese of Minneapolis and St. Paul ... probably has the most chapels of perpetual adoration of any archdiocese in the country. It's one of the most fruitful areas for this anywhere," he said.

Warkulwiz has been in Minnesota every weekend this month.

People from around the world call Minnesotans for tips in starting their own programs. Peggy Powell, coordinator of one of the state's longest-running adorations at Epiphany Catholic Church in Coon Rapids, has taken some of those calls.

"I think we're going to have an explosion this year," Powell said. "People are just calling out of the woodwork. It's amazing."

Things are more formal at Epiphany in Coon Rapids; there's no chitchat in the chapel where Paulette Nelson, 62, has a weekly morning adoration on Tuesdays.

Her voice drops to a hush as she enters and signs the log book. She genuflects at the back of the chapel, bows her head and kisses the chapel floor.

"It's just as if Jesus were standing there," Nelson said, reflecting the Catholic view that Jesus is actually present. "You wouldn't go in and walk by him."

Throughout the Roman Catholic church's long history, perpetual adoration has rarely been widespread, so religious studies experts consider it astounding that it's made a resurgence in Minnesota. Parishioners call it miraculous.

"It's very interesting. I don't know what to make of it," said Randall Balmer, who heads the Religious Studies Department at Barnard College in New York. Balmer partly attributed the movement to the conservative influence of Pope John Paul.

In 1991, the pope began perpetual adoration at the Vatican and urged parishes everywhere to do the same.

The practice of perpetual adoration flowered in the Middle Ages in some European areas, according to the Catholic Encyclopedia. For most of the past century many U.S. parishes had certain times for round-the-clock adoration, but didn't do it year-round.

There are now 728 adoration chapels in the United States, according to the Real Presence Association of Chicago, a Catholic nonprofit that tracks and promotes adoration.

The Rev. Thomas Wilson, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, said the number of Minnesota chapels that practice the ritual has doubled in the past 10 years or so.

Warkulwiz and the Real Presence Association's Carol Seydel both said that Minneapolis-St. Paul's archbishop, the Rev. Harry Flynn, has been a strong supporter of the practice.

But the Rev. Joseph Johnson, assistant chancellor for the archdiocese, said there was also a divine influence. He said parishioners must take the lead in making adoration work, regardless if church leaders support the practice.

"This is not something the priest can walk in and say, 'Gee, folks, this is what we're going to do,'" Johnson said. "This is not for the weak-kneed. It takes sacrifice and commitment."


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1 posted on 01/30/2005 6:27:26 PM PST by Catholic54321
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To: Catholic54321
The practice is known as "perpetual adoration" and was once the purview of nuns and monks...

This "ancient" practice has been going on for twenty+ years in our Novus Ordo parish 24/7. And yes, I'm gratified to see that is it catching on in many other places.

2 posted on 01/30/2005 6:39:24 PM PST by vox_freedom (Fear no evil)
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To: Catholic54321

wonderful news! I was really surprised to learn how supportive infamous Bishop Flynn has been of Adoration.


3 posted on 01/30/2005 6:49:24 PM PST by sassbox
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To: sandyeggo

Wafer?

lol the same thing I said to myself. And he doesn't appear to be Catholic either does he? Nor his wife.


5 posted on 01/30/2005 7:22:20 PM PST by Catholic54321
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To: mercy

7 posted on 01/30/2005 7:32:33 PM PST by Catholic54321
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To: Catholic54321

This is a clear response by the faithful to the attempt made by the Catholic hierarchy to suppress the dogma of the Real Presence.


10 posted on 01/30/2005 8:34:57 PM PST by ultima ratio (I)
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To: ultima ratio
This is a clear response by the faithful to the attempt made by the Catholic hierarchy to suppress the dogma of the Real Presence.

Nobody is attempting to suppress the dogma of the Real Presence.

Where do you dream up this nonsense?

11 posted on 01/30/2005 8:46:46 PM PST by sinkspur ("Preach the gospel. If necessary, use words.")
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To: Marcellinus

I've been going to a Maronite Church here in Austin for a few weeks to try to get a handle on the Eastern Liturgies and lo and behold, to my surprise today, the Priest announced that they were going to begin trying to have Eucharistic Adoration, if only on Fridays for now. The parishioners seemed enthused, but then again I haven't seen a parish that was more perpetually enthused than this one.

The Indult Mas I attend is located at a Church that does have 24/7 Adoration. It's in the chapel at the Convent which has been long empty. A very fitting symbol I thought, of Christ's presence in the world despite the abandonment of so many of his former faithful.


12 posted on 01/30/2005 9:21:38 PM PST by Catholic54321
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To: Catholic54321

**wafter**

LOL! Someone at AP doesn't know much about Catholicism.


13 posted on 01/30/2005 10:08:50 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Catholic54321

 
 
 

 
In The Presence Of The Lord

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Adoration Tally Presented to Pope by Vocation.com

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Ancient Roman Catholic ritual making a comeback in Minnesota

 


14 posted on 01/30/2005 10:13:01 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: sandyeggo
Adoration Tally Presented to Pope by Vocation.com

Bishop Calls for Perpetual Adoration of Eucharist

What I learned From a Muslim about Eucharistic Adoration

PERPETUAL ADORATION [The Monks of the Adoration]


"The best, the surest , and the most effective way of establishing everlasting peace on the face of the earth is through the great power of perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament." -- Pope John Paul II


"Could you not watch one hour?" -- Mark 14:37

15 posted on 01/30/2005 10:15:36 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation

yeah, I checked all the cathechisms, it's not there lol However it is in the dictionary:

Wafter

1. n. One who, or that which, wafts.
2. n. A boat for passage.

Waft

1. v. t. To give notice to by waving something; to wave the hand to; to beckon.
2. v. t. To cause to move or go in a wavy manner, or by the impulse of waves, as of water or air; to bear along on a buoyant medium; as, a balloon was wafted over the channel.
3. v. t. To cause to float; to keep from sinking; to buoy.
4. v. i. To be moved, or to pass, on a buoyant medium; to float.
5. n. A wave or current of wind.
6. n. A signal made by waving something, as a flag, in the air.
7. n. An unpleasant flavor.
8. n. A knot, or stop, in the middle of a flag.
9. a long flag; often tapering


16 posted on 01/30/2005 10:16:30 PM PST by Catholic54321
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To: Marcellinus

I bet these parishes have lots of vocations to the priesthood too! This is what does it -- prayer!


17 posted on 01/30/2005 10:17:05 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: ultima ratio

Huh? What are you talking about? How can 24/7 Adoration not virtually shout "The Real Presence?"


18 posted on 01/30/2005 10:18:35 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Salvation; sinkspur

"How can 24/7 Adoration not virtually shout 'The Real Presence?'"

You really don't get it. Most of the world's Catholics will never attend one of these devotions. Most have only the slightest acquaintance with the dogma of the Real Presence due to its suppression in the Novus Ordo Liturgy. Polls bear this out.

Ask yourself--when was the last time you knelt for Communion? When did you last receive Communion on the tongue? Why has the tabernacle been removed from its central place of honor in the sanctuary? Why were the words "Mystery of faith" transposed from the liturgical text in such a way as to NOT refer to the reality of Transubstantiation? Many more such questions come to mind--but these suffice to prove my point.

In fact, Cardinal Ratzinger himself has pointed to the danger that liturgists and bishops pose by interpreting the Novus Ordo in opposition to Trent:

"It is only against this background of the effective denial of the authority of Trent, that the bitterness of the struggle against allowing the celebration of Mass according to the 1962 Missal, after the liturgical reform, can be understood. The possibility of so celebrating constitutes the strongest, and thus (for them) the most intolerable contradiction of the opinion of those who believe that the faith in the Eucharist formulated by Trent has lost its value." (speech delivered at Fontgombault, 2003.)




19 posted on 01/30/2005 11:07:16 PM PST by ultima ratio (I)
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To: ultima ratio

The loss of faith in the Real Presense of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is self evident in the many priests, and (sadly) some bishops who share this fate.

Much confusion and ambiguity cloud the issue in terms of what is taught to the young, and to converts. It is expressed in some catechism texts, sermons, extemporized mass prayers, hymns, etc. It is also self-evident in modern churches & wreckovated old ones.

Sadly, very few parishes actually have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. Most do not even have Benediction. Public devotions are normaly somewhere between being literally supressed. and treated with a sort of benign neglect - at best. They are usually not discused - their benefit to the soul not preached about, and they are certainly not encouraged for the most part.


20 posted on 01/30/2005 11:36:39 PM PST by thor76 (Vade retro, Draco! Crux sacra sit mihi lux !)
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To: ultima ratio

The loss of faith in the Real Presense of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is self evident in the many priests, and (sadly) some bishops who share this fate.

Much confusion and ambiguity cloud the issue in terms of what is taught to the young, and to converts. It is expressed in some catechism texts, sermons, extemporized mass prayers, hymns, etc. It is also self-evident in modern churches & wreckovated old ones.

Sadly, very few parishes actually have Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration. Most do not even have Benediction. Public devotions are normaly somewhere between being literally supressed. and treated with a sort of benign neglect - at best. They are usually not discused - their benefit to the soul not preached about, and they are certainly not encouraged for the most part.


21 posted on 01/30/2005 11:39:17 PM PST by thor76 (Vade retro, Draco! Crux sacra sit mihi lux !)
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To: Catholic54321; american colleen; Lady In Blue; Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; ...
Catholic Ping - please freepmail me if you want on/off this list


22 posted on 01/31/2005 12:37:19 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: sandyeggo; Catholic54321; NYer
I guess that some of the wire services must be using keyboards that are possessed.

:)

-good times, G.J.P.(Jr.)

23 posted on 01/31/2005 1:05:58 AM PST by Do not dub me shapka broham ("Hope so, because in this country, no news is always bad news"-Bahman Farmanara)
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To: sinkspur
Hello Sink,

Nobody is attempting to suppress the dogma of the Real Presence.

For my part, I'm not so sure any longer.

Some recent polls suggest only 30% of Catholics believe in Real Presence. To be sure 1) they don't seem to differentiate between regular mass-goers and not and 2) Modernity itself conspirees against any belief in the supernatural.

But it strikes me that there is an ongoing effort to reconstitute sacred architecture and liturgy in ways which demean the Eucharist, especially at the expense of a focus on the congregation: moving the tabernacle out of the central place of honor; frowning upon more humble ways of receiving it (kneeling, or on the tongue); standing during consecration; omission of the canon; and so forth. I don't know if it's a conspiracy; but if some prelates, clerics and liturgists truly believe in the Real Presence, they have an odd way of showing it. Deep down, you wonder what some really believe.

But I must also say that the rise of adoration chapels and perpetual adoration - even in many seemingly liberal dioceses and parishes - is encouraging as a counter-trend.

24 posted on 01/31/2005 5:07:02 AM PST by The Iguana
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To: Catholic54321
In 1991, the pope began perpetual adoration at the Vatican and urged parishes everywhere to do the same.

Once again, the Holy Father shows the way.

Augusta GA, is not a huge metropolis but we have 2 parishes in this area with 24/7 perpetual adoration. One is in its 8th year.

Not surprisingly, vocations are flourishing.

25 posted on 01/31/2005 6:25:49 AM PST by marshmallow
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To: sandyeggo; Catholic54321
Wow. That's a beautiful monstrance.

It is a fitting receptacle for the oldest known eucharistic miracle, located in Lanciano, Italy. You can read about it at these links:
The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano
Eucharistic Miracle - Lanciano, Italy

26 posted on 01/31/2005 6:26:58 AM PST by Pyro7480 ("All my own perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded upon Our Lady." - Tolkien)
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To: mercy

>>Idol worshipers.<<

Why thank you so much for your opinion!
We just love to hear from people who have no tact and come onto a Catholic thread to blast our beliefs. I'm sure I will see you on the Jewish threads blasting theirs, NOT!


27 posted on 01/31/2005 6:47:50 AM PST by netmilsmom (I once put instant coffee in a microwave and went back in time.)
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To: thor76

What is the difference between Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration and 40 Hours?


28 posted on 01/31/2005 6:51:43 AM PST by netmilsmom (I once put instant coffee in a microwave and went back in time.)
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To: netmilsmom

One is limited to 40 hours, the other is intended to be perpetual (24/7/365).


29 posted on 01/31/2005 6:54:11 AM PST by Petronski (Once you go Beethoven you never go back.)
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To: Catholic54321

Our Parish has had a "Perpetual Adoration" Chapel for more than 20 years.


30 posted on 01/31/2005 7:04:01 AM PST by Military family member (Go Colts!)
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To: Catholic54321; All
What do y'all think about this?

Welcome to Savior.org

With the exception of a few brief periods each day, Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament is presented live via webcam from the Chapel of Divine Love in Philadelphia, PA - a source of perpetual Eucharistic adoration by the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters since 1916.

Not that I doubt the good intentions of the sisters, but it kind of creeps me out in that there is no way to know if one is behaving reverently in front of their computer screen.

31 posted on 01/31/2005 7:12:02 AM PST by murphE ("I ain't no physicist, but I know what matters." - Popeye)
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To: Catholic54321
The writer of the article seems totally clueless. It's written as though he is studying the behavior of a heretofore unknown aboriginal tribe in Darkest Wherever.

As though it hasn't been going on for years.

Atlanta Vocations Boom Attributed to Adoration

Our retiring archbishop has been a force for good orthodox teaching and practice here. The new man has quite a big set of shoes to fill.

Our parish's monstrance. No Perpetual Adoration here, but First Fridays and various special occasions like the Two Hearts devotion.

33 posted on 01/31/2005 7:23:56 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: Marcellinus
a probable first step towards 24/7.

A good first step ... on of the big problems in getting a Perpetual Adoration approved is demonstrating that your group can keep the chapel "manned" 24/7/365.

34 posted on 01/31/2005 7:40:42 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Catholic54321

Hah! Today is a good day. I just learned something.


35 posted on 01/31/2005 7:41:52 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ultima ratio
Ask yourself--when was the last time you knelt for Communion?
Two months ago ... at a Novus Ordo Mass in a Marianist parish in Ohio. The practice should be much more widespread, though.

When did you last receive Communion on the tongue?
Yesterday. In my regular, Arlington Diocese Parish.

Why has the tabernacle been removed from its central place of honor in the sanctuary?
It hasn't. I'll give you one guess as to where the Tabernacle is in my just built, regular Arlington Diocese Parish church.

Why were the words "Mystery of faith" transposed from the liturgical text in such a way as to NOT refer to the reality of Transubstantiation?
Because the ICEL translators are idiots (at best). I can think of far worse descriptions of them, but charity and unwillingness to violate the 8th Commandment require that I keep my speculations to myself.

36 posted on 01/31/2005 7:50:17 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: thor76
"Much confusion and ambiguity cloud the issue in terms of what is taught to the young, and to converts."

I can happily report this was not our experience when my wife and I converted from the ELCA 10 years ago. Our priest at that time made sure we understood that faith in the Real Presense was key. For us, once that bridge of faith was crossed, it became impossible to be anything but Catholic. Believing in even just the possibility, how can one conciously then settle for anything less? I'm also happy to report that our small Minnesota parish has begun Perpetual Adoration two days each week. It is a great blessing to be able to participate.

37 posted on 01/31/2005 7:50:37 AM PST by Reo
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To: Petronski

Thanks!
Our parish is observing 40 hours this year. We are working with another parish who has Perpetual Adoration. I'm impressed!


38 posted on 01/31/2005 7:54:53 AM PST by netmilsmom (I once put instant coffee in a microwave and went back in time.)
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To: ArrogantBustard
>>"Ask yourself--when was the last time you knelt for Communion?"
Two months ago ... at a Novus Ordo Mass in a Marianist parish in Ohio. The practice should be much more widespread, though.<<
Yesterday! And on Wednesday when my girls and I are Consecrated to Jesus through Mary.

>>"When did you last receive Communion on the tongue?"
Yesterday. In my regular, Arlington Diocese Parish.<<
Me too! Our priests actually lift the host to the lips of the person. We also receive in both forms, as the host is dipped into the Blood of Christ.

>>"Why has the tabernacle been removed from its central place of honor in the sanctuary?"
It hasn't. I'll give you one guess as to where the Tabernacle is in my just built, regular Arlington Diocese Parish church.<<
Check this out...

>>"Why were the words "Mystery of faith" transposed from the liturgical text in such a way as to NOT refer to the reality of Transubstantiation?"
Because the ICEL translators are idiots (at best). I can think of far worse descriptions of them, but charity and unwillingness to violate the 8th Commandment require that I keep my speculations to myself.<<
I have to agree.

39 posted on 01/31/2005 8:04:13 AM PST by netmilsmom (I once put instant coffee in a microwave and went back in time.)
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To: netmilsmom

We did the 40 hours last year near the end of Lent. I think we are going to do it again. We have adoration twice a week, and we get more people there at times than are signed up for it, and even when the sacrament is not exposed, the church is open during the daylight hours so that people can come in and pray.

There is such power in just being there with Jesus.


40 posted on 01/31/2005 8:08:30 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: thor76

Don't you think though that with this trend toward more 24/7 Adoration is bringing people (including some priests) out of this confusion?

There is a lot of catechesis that is going on in the church right now. Perhaps some are not aware of this renewed movement toward Faith Formation for all ages, including adults.


41 posted on 01/31/2005 8:11:59 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Pyro7480

Thanks, Pyro!


42 posted on 01/31/2005 8:13:17 AM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: netmilsmom

Beautiful Tabernacle. We're not there, yet, by a long shot. Construction is a messy business.


43 posted on 01/31/2005 8:13:33 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilisation is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

We are breaking ground this year to add 500 seats!
We had 150 families join last year and I am soooo Blessed to be one of them!


44 posted on 01/31/2005 8:16:40 AM PST by netmilsmom (I once put instant coffee in a microwave and went back in time.)
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To: netmilsmom
Because the ICEL translators are idiots (at best).

You were being generous spirited.

I don't kneel mostly cause I couldn't get back up without something to hold onto, but we have people in my parish that to, each and every time. I do choose to receive by tongue, and our pastor has all the first communicants receive this way their first time.

These are some of the reasons our parish is growing, and, Lord willing, we will be breaking ground on a new church building this summer. And you can be assured that the tabernacle will be where it belongs.
46 posted on 01/31/2005 8:20:57 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Marcellinus

This is why open churches are so important. We need to be able to get near Jesus!


47 posted on 01/31/2005 8:22:04 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

And we will eventually move up to perpetual adoration. I suspect it won't be long before we add day 3.


48 posted on 01/31/2005 8:23:19 AM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

We have been blessed with an abundance of Altar Boys. Our darling Pastor will squat down next to the little boys and ask how old they are. If they say "three" he will tell them that next year they can be Altar Boys! He then assigns an older boy (or even unmarried man) to help them. (no Altar Girls, our girls form the choir!)

After the Consecration, two of the older boys move kneelers in front of the Altar. There are six of them in the front. No one has a problem kneeling. Even the seniors can get up because of this system. Short of an Altar rail, this looks like the best system to me.


49 posted on 01/31/2005 8:32:46 AM PST by netmilsmom (I once put instant coffee in a microwave and went back in time.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

You are wrong about the transposition of the words "Mystery of faith." It was not a matter of translation only--the original Latin likewise had deliberately removed these words from the Consecration so that they no longer refer to Transubstantiation. As for kneeling for Communion, taking Communion on the tongue, etc.--why even mention your own experiences since they are clearly atypical?


50 posted on 01/31/2005 8:34:56 AM PST by ultima ratio (I)
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