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Daily Archives: 2 April 2006
Bishop Slattery of Tulsa has posted a new contribution to his series on liturgical reform of his diocese. This last piece resonated so much with what I have been writing for years that I must share it. You can read … Continue reading
Taking a page from St. Augustine of Hippo (+430), we the baptized who are the Body of the Mystical Person of Christ, the Church, are on a journey with the Lord, the Head of the Church, toward Jerusalem: the Jerusalem of our own passion and the new Jerusalem of our Resurrection. Christ made this journey so that we could make it and be saved in it. In our liturgy the one, whole Mystical Christ is on a Lenten journey. Each year in Lent Christ, in us, travels that road of the Passion, and we, in Him, travel the road marked out by Holy Mother Church and her duly ordained shepherds. We must unite ourselves in heart, mind and will with the mysteries expressed in the liturgy. Our passion, our road to Jerusalem, is in our examination of conscience and good confessions, our self-denial and works of mercy. Continue reading
This Sunday is also called the First Passion Sunday in the older, traditional Roman calendar. The Church begins to die to itself, liturgically speaking. At the beginning of Lent we were to give up decorations, instrumental music, the Gloria, the acclamation Alleluia, and dress in penitential purple. Our senses of sight and hearing were being deprived. From this Sunday onward, statues and images would traditionally be draped in purple, the Iudica me was not recited in the prayers before the altar, the Gloria Patri was not said any longer after the Introit. The Church was imposing a deeper liturgical Ã¢â‚¬Å“fastÃ¢â‚¬Â in preparation for Easter. This would deepen even more after Palm Sunday. On Holy Thursday we would no long ring bells and would use Ã¢â‚¬Å“clackersÃ¢â‚¬Â instead. On Good Friday we would merely have the chance to receive Communion with no Mass. The priest would even lose his shoes when he venerated the Crucifix! We are deprived even of light before the Vigil Mass as well as the church building itself, since the Vigil properly begins at midnight and outside. Continue reading
In our collect, similar to those of Advent, we have again an image of motion, of a pilgrimage. The Church is on the road. Taking a page from St. Augustine, it could be said that we the baptized, the Body of the Mystical Person, journey constantly with the Lord, the Head, toward Jerusalem: the Jerusalem of our own Passion and the New Jerusalem of our Resurrection. One whole Mystical Christ is on a lenten journey. Christ in us and we in Him again travel that road marked out each year by Holy Mother Church and her duly ordained shepherds. We must strive to unite ourselves in heart, mind and will with the mysteries expressed in the liturgy. Continue reading
Another friend has come through with an addition to the growing collection of translations of the "Internet Prayer". Today we bring to you the verion in Kinyambo, one of +120 languages spoken in Tanzania. About 400,000 people speak Kinyambo. The … Continue reading