The other day I posted an excerpt from an offering by Peter Kwasniewski at NLM, under my title: “Why we Say The Black and Do The Red“. In a nutshell, the traditional manner of proclaiming or chanting the readings during Holy Mass makes of those readings a manifest act of worship over an above their didactic utility.
A long time reader here sent this:
I was in attendance last evening at a low mass for the Feast of the great witness of Portugal and Doctor of Evangelization, Saint Anthony. It was the first traditional mass I have attended since your post, ” Why we Say The Black and Do The Red”on 11 June. I read what Professor Peter Kwasniewski wrote at NLM and it occurred to me that there’s another piece of this excellent notion that wasn’t mentioned but that became immediately evident to me as I listened to the reading.
Where the celebrant reads the Lection, and how he is oriented makes so much sense. It is now a more settled given for me that the priest is not only reading the Lection, but lifting it up, offering it back to God; however, how much more does this now make sense that the book is upon the altar. It seems to me the Lection is another offering, and that it being offered from the altar, in itself having a deep meaning shading light upon the vertical communication between priest and God. The Lection is an offering from the altar of sacrifice. I don’t think I recall every having had that thought or read that before! It also becomes clear that in the re-reading from the ambo that the second reading is subsidiary to, and in service pointing back to, the first.
While I have been attending and praying this mass irregularly for over ten years, this insight and deeper meaning only came from the observation begun by saying we need to stick to the older way, and what the reason is behind that. If an adaptation were made now, so much of the subtle but deeply spiritual meaning is completely lost – obviously the noble point.
Thanks as always for helping us all to draw closer to Him and His Eucharistic presence