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Monthly Archives: September 2006
Well…. I am in the process of watching the next West Wing. Lot’s of familiar faces… the same graphics and intros… even an Oval Office sketch at the beginning. This is supposed to be edgy. WW meets SNL. I haven’t … Read More
In the Jerusalem Post today we read: Citing the words of the Prophet Muhammad, Muslim religious leaders in the Gaza Strip on Sunday warned Pope Benedict XVI that he must "accept" Islam if he wanted to live in peace. … Read More
I have read in the ENGLISH language converage that the German expert on Islam mentioned by the Pope during his Regensburg Address, Prof. Adel Theodor Khoury, distanced himself from the Pope’s remarks. However, if you read the story, he didn’t … Read More
In the older, traditional calendar of the Roman Church, used usually with celebrations of Holy Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum today is also the feast of the Impression of the Stigmata on St. Francis. The feast has brought to … Read More
The first modern experience the Holy See had with Islamic terror was in St. Peter’s square on 13 May 1981. The Soviets wanted JP2 dead. They asked the Bulgarians to help and they found someone predisposed to shoot a Pope: … Read More
The Holy Father gave his Angelus address today at Castlegandolfo. At the beginning he departed from his text many times to console those present who were being treated to heavy rain. The press reacted instantly, stating that the Pope apologized. … Read More
The vocabulary of our prayer today is very dense, and so our English translation will suffer if we try to come up with one-to-one equivalents for the Latin elements. For example, the word sensus has great weight. It means more than simply “sense”. Even in a non-theological source such as the preferred Latin Dictionary of fame we find that sensus carries meaning beyond what we might perceive by the five physical senses of the body or by the perceiving powers of the mind. It points to that which is common to all human beings, “common sense”. This not the “common sense” which we might have (or lack) in, for example, not standing too close with our back to the lions’ cage when posing for a photo. This is also not the Kantian a priori principle of every judgment of taste, the Kantian term for the so-called subjective principle which determines only by feeling rather than concepts, though nonetheless with universal validity, what is liked or disliked by all people. It is not quite the ancient Greek idea of koine aisthesis according to the Aristotle (De anima – II,6, 418a17-20) which applies to our capacities of perceiving objects through more than one sense. Aristotle suggests a “common sense” power by which we perceive things. Medieval Aristotelians suggest that sensus communis is the root and origin of all sensing. Thus we are able to hear the roar, feel the bite and then see the shaggy mane and realize that it is the one and the same lion gnawing us as he drags our leg into the cage … when we lack the other sort of common sense. So, we might say that this is the power of uniting mentally the impressions conveyed by the five physical senses which constitutes ordinary understanding, without which one is foolish or insane and thus prone to lack common sense.
Do you recall my entry on their cartoons? Here is another round of elegies of the Pope presented by those who embrace the religion of peace. If anyone needed any proof of precisely why the Pope had to say the … Read More
When the Holy Father was in Germany recently, on 13 September he dedicated a pipe organ in Regensburg. At that occasion the Pope said (my emphasis): In the constitution on sacred liturgy of the Second Vatican Council ("Sacrosanctum Concilium"), it … Read More
Over at American Papist there is a good roundup of coverage on what the Holy Father said in Regensburg that has some muslims freaking out and burning him in effigy. Take a little time and read some of the stories … Read More
Here is the entry, with my translation, in the Martyrologium Romanum for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Festum exaltationis Sanctae Crucis, quae, postridie dedicationis basilicae Resurrectionis super sepulcrum Christi erectae, exaltatur et honoratur, sicut victoriae eius … Read More
People ask me, "Father! Father! Why do you call your place in the States ‘The Sabine Farm"? Is it a farm? Really? What’s this ‘Sabine’ thing about, anyway?" Here is some additional information about this classic topos of "The Sabine … Read More
I have been musing on the news of the new Institute of the Good Shepherd and the comments/dialog taking place in another entry here in this blog. When Pope Pius V issued Quo primum he made it clear that local … Read More
On the site of the Roman clerical store Barbiconi you now have a chance to browse an online catalog. Hurry to make your selections. Know a priest who needs a cappello romano which the Romans happily call a "saturno"? You … Read More
Back in 2001 for a column for The Wanderer I included this: Oh how quiet it is after the black nightWhen flames out of the clouds burned down your cariated teeth,And when those lightnings,Lancing the black boils of Harlem and … Read More
Today I joined the ranks of those with bifocals. Well.. in my case progressive lens. I could have continued with regular mono lenses, but I figured I would give these a try. Read More
Holy Mass is both the Sacrifice of the Cross renewed, and the Supper, a meal foreshadowing the heavenly banquet to come. It is Calvary being renewed inseparably within the context of the renewal of the Last Supper Christ celebrated with His Apostles as His Passion began. Holy Mass is simultaneously both Supper and Sacrifice.
Perhaps in the last two decades and more, we have all experienced descriptions of Holy Mass which emphasize the meal dimension of the liturgical action to the point that the sacrificial dimension of Mass is so completely obscured that it is virtually obliterated. This eclipsing of the sacrificial aspect by the more warm and comforting meal facet results nearly always in a choice of a liturgical style that, to put it mildly, departs from the traditional Roman style. I think it is not unusual in the least to find in the meal point of view a greater measure of fellowship and celebration, commonality, and even informality (particularly in a culture becoming ever more informal). While the meal characteristic might be described as more “horizontal,” the sacrificial element is decidedly more “vertical.” The very thought of “sacrifice” might lead most people to be introspective rather than outgoing, quiet and reserved rather than boisterous, solemn rather than informal. Therefore, the style of service at the altar, the content of homilies, the choice of music, the quality of vestments and so forth, will be very much influenced by the gravitational pull exerted by one “force” in the Mass or the other, meal or sacrifice, horizontality or verticality, introspection or outward expressiveness.
Yet, the Holy Mass of Catholics must be allowed to reveal both dimensions, meal and sacrifice, in a dynamic unity. What I mean by dynamic here is that from day to day, week to week, season to season, Holy Mother Church may highlight one more than the other according to the time and feast. Also, within a Mass we might be more sensible of now one, now the other as being the primary focus of a prayer, an action, and even a silence and rest. All of us are challenged to maintain a balance of vision and perception during Mass. When the meal dimension is being brought to the fore, we must always strive to view the meal through the lens of sacrifice, and vice versa. This is particularly the challenge of the priest, sometimes banally described by some who emphasize the horizontal, as the “waiter” at the “meal.” He must be both “servant” in the sense of “ministry” (from Latin ministro which among various things means “to serve out or hand out food”) as well as the priest/victim, simultaneously offering sacrifice and being sacrificed on the altar, which is simultaneously a “table.” Read More
EXCERPT: [Someone asked about “astare” in the 2nd Eucharistic Prayer and wanted a clarification for those who want to say that this means that people must stand during the Eucharistic Prayer.]
To your question about astare: I wrote about this in the series on the Eucharistic Prayers in June 2004. The Preface of the 4th Eucharistic Prayer uses similar vocabulary. I wrote in these WDTPRS pages last year but, Fr. RF, you made me dig a little more. Some might not immediately recognize asto as adsto, which the precious Lewis & Short Dictionary says means, “to stand at or near a person or thing, to stand by”. The L&S will also make clear that asto has the synonym adsisto. If you have ever heard the phrase “to assist (adsisto) at Holy Mass” this is the concept: you are present and actively participating. Also, during the Roman Canon the priest describes the people as circumstantes, literally “standing around”. This doesn’t mean ought to be physically standing around the altar with their hands in their pockets (though I must confess I have seen precisely that). Rather, they are morally and spiritually “around” the altar, participating each according to their vocation and capacity. In his supplement to L&S, A. Souter says that adsto is the equivalent of sum. A. Blaise, on the other hand, says liturgical adsto is “to be nearby; to serve”. The same goes for adsisto. I think anyone who would try to use this as a defense of standing during the consecration would be using a terribly superficial argument. Moreover, whatever the translation says, the Church’s clear liturgical law says that at that moment, unless they are impeded, everyone must be kneeling at the time of the consecration in most of the world’s dioceses. In the USA people must kneel from the end of the Sanctus, through the whole of the Eucharistic Prayer, to the end of the great “Amen” (GIRM 23). This adaptation was purposely sought by the bishops of the USA and it was approved by Rome. Are people kneeling? Read More
Well… I think Mass is going to be at 0900 Sabine Daylight Time (=CDT) which is 1600 in Rome. If it is going to be earlier, well…. I’ll post what I can when I can. I could stick a small … Read More
A new traditionalist institite has been established under the aegis of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" (my old stomping ground) and the Congregation for Clergy together with the Congregation for Religious. I tip my cappello romano to Rorate for this … Read More