Skip to comments.IS YOUR MASS VALID? Liturgical Abuse
Posted on 12/30/2002 12:04:21 PM PST by NYer
Firstly, Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a term rarely heard today. Why use
that term? Before Modernism greatly influenced the Church, that was the term
understood for hundreds of years by every Catholic. This title explains fully
what the Mass really is - the very same Holy Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the
Cross made present to us today in time. Absolutely nothing on earth could
possibly be even remotely more important. Once you understand this, then the
importance of a proper Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will become clearer. Vatican
Concilium explains in detail:
#2: For it is the liturgy through which, especially in the divine sacrifice of the
Eucharist, "the work of our redemption is accomplished," and it is through
the liturgy, especially, that the faithful are enabled to express in their lives and
manifest to others the mystery of Christ and the real nature of the true Church.
#7. To accomplish so great a work Christ is always present
in his Church, especially in her liturgical celebrations. He is present in the
sacrifice of the Mass not only in the person of his minister, "the same now
offering, through the ministry of priests, who formerly offered himself on the
cross, " but especially in the eucharistic species. by his power he is
present in the sacraments so that when anybody baptizes it is really Christ
himself who baptizes. He is present in his word since it is he himself who
speaks when the holy scriptures are read in the Church. Lastly, he is
present when the Church prays and sings, for he has promised "where two or
three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of them"
Christ, indeed, always associates the Church with himself
in this great work in which God is perfectly glorified and men are sanctified.
the Church is his beloved Bride who calls to her Lord, and through him offers
worship to the eternal Father.
The liturgy, then, is rightly seen as an exercise of the
priestly office of Jesus Christ. It involves the presentation of man's
sanctification under the guise of signs perceptible by the senses and its
accomplishment in ways appropriate to each of these signs. In it full public
worship is performed by the Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Head
and his members.
From this it follows that every liturgical celebration,
because it is an action of Christ the Priest and of his Body, which is the
Church, is a sacred action surpassing all others. No other action of the Church
can equal its efficacy by the same title and to the same degree.
#8. In the earthly liturgy we take part in a foretaste
of that heavenly liturgy which is celebrated in the Holy City of Jerusalem
toward which we journey as pilgrims, where Christ is sitting at the right hand
of God, Minister of the holies and of the true tabernacle. With all the
warriors of the heavenly army we sing a hymn of glory to the Lord; venerating
the memory of the saints, we hope for some part and fellowship with them; we
eagerly await the Saviour, Our Lord Jesus Christ, until he our life shall
appear and we too will appear with him in glory.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church further explains:
#1330 "The memorial of the Lord's Passion and
Resurrection. The Holy Sacrifice, because it makes present the one sacrifice of
Christ the Savior and includes the Church's offering. The terms holy
sacrifice of the Mass, 'sacrifice of praise,' spiritual sacrifice, pure and holy
sacrifice are also used, since it completes and surpasses all the sacrifices of
the Old Covenant."
#1366 "The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents
(makes present) the sacrifice of the cross, because it is its memorial and because it applies its fruit:
[Christ], our Lord and God, was once and for all to offer himself to God the Father by his death on the altar of the cross, to accomplish there an everlasting redemption.
But because his priesthood was not to end with his death, at the Last Supper
'on the night when he was betrayed,' [he wanted] to leave to his beloved spouse the Church a visible sacrifice (as the nature of man demands) by which the bloody sacrifice which he was to accomplish once for all on the cross would be re-presented,
its memory perpetuated until the end of the world, and its salutary power be applied to the forgiveness of the sins we daily
#1367 "The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are
one single sacrifice: 'The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on
the cross; only the manner of offering is different.' 'In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who
offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody
#1368 "The Eucharist is also the sacrifice of the Church. The Church
which is the Body of Christ participates in the offering of her Head. With him, she herself is offered whole and entire. She unites herself
to his intercession with the Father for all men. In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his
Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and
so acquire a new value. Christ's sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering."
Canon Law reconfirms the truth:
"The most venerable sacrament is the blessed Eucharist, in which Christ the
Lord himself is contained, offered and received, and by which the Church continually lives
and grows. The eucharistic Sacrifice, the memorial of the death and resurrection of the
Lord, in which the Sacrifice of the cross is forever perpetuated, is the summit and the
source of all worship and Christian life. By means of it the unity of God's people is
signified and brought about, and the building up of the body of Christ is perfected. The
other sacraments and all the apostolic works of Christ are bound up with, and directed to,
the blessed Eucharist."
Clearly then, the Mass is not a "meal." - it is a Sacrifice. This
<> It is both Sacrifice and Banquet<>
Good for you!! And it worked ... that's good news for me!
I have just written to the Albany Diocese for Divine Worship and Liturgy, the USCCB Office of Worship, EWTN, RCF, and copied the bishop regarding the introduction of Liturgical Dance into my parish. In fact, the diocesan newspaper ran a full length story, replete with color photographs, of another parish where this has become quite the norm. So much so, that they are planning to create videotapes and distribute them across the country, to motivate other parishes. Over my dead body!
According to everything I have read, Liturgical Dance was banned by a directive of the USCCB in 1982. It was included in Vatican II as a means of inculturating Polynesians, Africans and others who have traditionally danced as part of their liturgy. That is not the case in the US. It bothered me that the DRE was asking my Confirmation students to volunteer for the dance and she would teach them the movements ... using what guideline? Her own? The pastor's? The pastor had planned on incorporating it into the liturgy at the Christmas Eve mass ... it didn't happen. He is miffed ... since he felt it was a good idea.
You have made an excellent point ... WE are the church.
Once in my parish I went to a Parish Council meeting regarding the litergy. I suggested that after the mass everyone in the congregation say the prayer to St. Michael. You should have seen the looks on everyones face - you would have thought I had green hair and purple eyes!
Yes, I do believe that is a large part of the problem. At least, that is what I am discovering as I plow my way through the "small" abuses. These are like trial balloons intended to test the waters of the congregation. As you well know, many catholics rarely question change. Instead, if they are truly displeased or upset, they simply stop going to mass. They "assume" that the priest (and his bishop) are complying with doctrine. Not necessarily so!
The other part of this story is that a group of liberal thinkers have used VaticanII to promulgate their own wishes. Just wait til you see the story I post tomorrow. There is a new lawsuit against the Albany Diocese and this one extends to the Director of Counseling for the Laity. She is being used by the bishop to manipulate the "victims of sexual abuse" into accepting a one time settlement, instead of actually counseling them. She is rather well known across the US.
We always have a prayer for the "Respect for Life, born and unborn" in our Prayers of the Faithful.
You are free to say the prayer to St. Michael.
Why would you want to insist that everyone else in your parish take up your private devotion?
My brother in law, when celebrating Life Teen Masses in his Parish, will invite the teens to come up around the altar with the intention of being at the feet of Christ during His sacrifice, much like His mother Mary, and the Beloved Disciple. He is in no way giving them the impression that their presence is required for the Consecration; he is simply including them in a direct way so as to focus their attention on JESUS and the sacrifice He made for them. If I remember right, they kneel during the actual Consecration, only rising after the Memorial Acclamation. Not all the teens attending the Mass gather around the altar, but those who do are very reverent, and understand why they are there.
Holding hands during the Our Father has become commonplace, but it is an illicit addition to the Liturgy. Clarifications and Interpretations of the GIRM ["Notitiae" Vol. XI (1975) p. 226] explains:
". . .holding hands is a sign of intimacy and not reconciliation, and as such disrupts the flow of the Sacramental signs in the Mass which leads to the Sacramental sign of intimacy with Christ and our neighbor, Holy Communion."
I would interpret that statement to mean, leave me alone. Do not reach over two pews at the sparsely attended daily mass to grasp my hand so that we may stand contorted in some "Twister" type posture. How do you interpret it? I try to sit as distant as possible in those settings, to avoid the indignity.
Such a non-statement. Church-ese. He should add, obviously the most dignified posture is with your hands folded as if in PRAYER! That's the way to do it! Any other way is strictly forbidden. Wouldn't it be nice if a heirarch wrote like that?
Yeah? So? He might as well have said "Do what you feel like. The Church has no rules concerning the matter. Therefore, I'm not going to impose any. Just do what you think fits your personal definition of dignified. Unity is no concern here."
My point is that the good bishop didn't say much of anything. Your defense of him is that he hid behind the nonexistent mandate of the church and call it toeing the line. My suggestion is that he draw his own line, at least in his own diocese. Just a thought.
LOL!! Thanks for making my day. I've witnessed these contortions at sparsely attended masses.
Sitetest I don't doubt that Chaput is well meaninged but here again, personal interpretations can lead to misunderstangings, especially among congregants. Just watch the facial reaction when a group of hand holders extends their reach to someone who chooses not to participate.
Here is one more example of Vatican II blown out of proportion. A little help has now become an army of ministers who dip into the cup with their heavily perfumed fingers. Don't know where those hands were before they held the host or cup. Nor do I appreciate sipping the Blood of Christ from a cup which reeks of Old Spice.
i>And believe it or not, several people have left that parish over it.
Left because they can't serve as Eucharist ministers?
Having said that, I also believe that the Holy Bible is indeed the inspired Word of God and trumps the "traditions" and "catechism" of the RCC for instruction to the believer.
I love the Lord Jesus with all my heart and have given Him my life. When I read that He died once for all time and then sat down at the right hand of the Father, I can understand how He, the Father and the Holy Ghost could be offended by those who just won't let Him come down off of the cross because they feel they are doing Him service by continuing to crucify Him afresh at every opportunity!
Can you not see that you are exalting your man-made traditions over the very Word Himself?
The USCCB has weighed in. The old Sacramentary does not allow either hand holding or the orans gesture, thus neither are licit. The new Sacramentary allows the orans gesture but has not been approved by the Holy See, thus hand holding and the orans gesture are still illicit, despite what Chaput thinks or writes. He thinks if the GIRM doesn't explicitly prohibit something then it's alright. He is mistaken.
November 10, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Many Catholics are in the habit of holding their hands in the Orans posture during the Lords prayer along with the celebrant. Some do this on their own as a private devotional posture while some congregations make it a general practice for their communities.
Is this practice permissible under the current rubrics, either as a private practice not something adopted by a particular parish as a communal gesture? What is the status of the bishops proposal to include this practice as part of the liturgical norms for the US?
No position is prescribed in the present Sacramentary for an assembly gesture during the Lords Prayer. While the recently approved revised Sacramentary does provide for the use of the orans gesture by members of the assembly during the Lords Prayer, the revised Sacramentary may not be used until it has been confirmed by the Holy See. I might also note that in the course of its discussion of the this question, the Bishops Committee on the Liturgy expressed a strong preference for the orans gesture over the holding of hands since the focus of the Lords Prayer is a prayer to the Father and not primarily an expression of community and fellowship.
Committee on the Liturgy
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
3211 4th Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20017-1194 (202) 541-3060
<> I appreciate the question and especially the opening. I don't think you do intend disrespect.
I do think you did the right thing to leave the Catholic Church if you think that we Re-Crucify Him Daily. But that is not what Christian Doctrine about the Mass is.
Instead of a link, or a long post, suffice it to say that the Mass is the action of Jesus Himself, acting through the Priesthood He established, offering Himself to God as a sacrifice of propitiation on our behalf. His action makes present in time the Once-for-all Sacrifice of Calavry for our spiritual revification. We are quickened by His superabundant Grace. It is His way of distributing His Grace and Christians merely follow His commandment in celebrating the Eucharist.
Jesus came for our Salvation;He became our Kin to ransom us from Slavery to Sin/Devil; and He Himself established the Way we are to offer Worship to Him. It was His idea, not ours<>
Your "education" notwithstanding, I believe you are.
What is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass?
This title explains fully what the Mass really is - the very same Holy Sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the Cross made present to us today in time.
#2: For it is the liturgy through which, especially in the divine sacrifice of the Eucharist, the work of our redemption is accomplished,
The Word says that my redemption was made at Calvary
The Catechism of the Catholic Church further explains:
#1330 The memorial of the Lord's Passion and Resurrection. The Holy Sacrifice, because it makes present the one sacrifice of Christ the Savior
Which is it
Memorial? Or Actual Sacrifice of Christ made present? If the latter, then according to your doctrine my dear Lord is still suffering on that cruel cross :(
#1366 The Eucharist is thus a sacrifice because it re-presents (makes present) the sacrifice of the cross, because it is its memorial and because it applies its fruit:
#1367 The sacrifice of Christ and the sacrifice of the Eucharist are one single sacrifice: 'The victim is one and the same: the same now offers through the ministry of priests, who then offered himself on the cross; only the manner of offering is different.' 'In this divine sacrifice which is celebrated in the Mass, the same Christ who offered himself once in a bloody manner on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner.'"
I could go on, but frankly, it is not edifying for me to continually strive in this manner. The Word of God plainly instructs the reader/hearer on this in Hebrews Chapter 12.
Of course, you will accuse me of YOPIOS. So be it. The word of God is true. Even a child who is sincerely hungry for the truth can understand it. Traditions and Catechisms, on the other hand, take men to devise. Thus setting up and perpetuating an official teaching authority to certify true meaning.
I thank my God, through Jesus Christ, for sending his believers the Holy Ghost to lead and to guide them in all righteousness and truth. Nicodemus was also part of the teaching authority and yet even he couldnt come to grips with what Jesus was saying to him about the need to be born again.
LOL....Nicodemus was the first catholic? :)
<> Jesus sent the Holy Spirit upon His Church to Teach it all truth and Jesus said His Church is the Pillar and Ground of Truth. That Christian Catholic Church has always celebrated the Mass - that is what "ministering to the Lord" means.
As I see it, you are stuck on the horns of a dilemma having to reconcile Jesus' words with yours. It is an impossibility. I will follow Jesus' words and those that have kept them since Pentecost.<>
Huh? I'm only trying to point out what I have come to know through the enlightenment of the Holy Ghost. If you don't want to accept my first-hand testimony it still doesn't change it. You simply don't believe (nor did I when I was RC). Neither did Saul of Tarsus.
If you have experienced Pentecost you would hear and understand and agree with what it is I am saying. There is a difference between "religion" and "reality" when it comes to a saving relationship with God Almighty.