More on concelebration

At NLM I saw another photo of my preferred style of concelebration.


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  1. pseudomodo says:

    Not Concelebration but COINCELEBRATION!

  2. mrsmontoya says:

    The long line of alcoves reminds me of bee boles, which you may be familiar with.

  3. Pax--tecum says:

    That’s just awesome! Can you imagine the graces received in that church throughout the ages? Wow!

  4. No, on the face of it, there’s something that just doesn’t seem right. It’s mass Mass production, if you will. [I won’t.] We should all be together at the Mass, one altar, one chalice, one consecration. [And you are a priest who needs to say Mass, as are the men in the photo? Perhaps that choice is best left to the priests.]

  5. pseudomodo says:

    Yes, Ann Maureen, That is what the people ARE doing,…out in the abby church with the one priest designated to say mass at the high altar.

  6. I know, there’s another mass-Mass picture on another blog: a photo taken at a seminary from like around the 1950’s. I gather it doesn’t sit right with you either, pseudpmodo. My concern is that it seems to diminish the communal aspect of the Mass. Btw, I don’t care for NO concelebrationed Masses, either. I hope that too goes the way of the wind someday.

  7. JonPatrick says:

    My son who visited Clear Creek monastery reports that this is how they say Mass there, with a Mass at the High Altar for visitors, plus individual priests saying private masses at the side altars. They use the EF exclusively of course.

  8. From a subjective viewpoint . . . When last I witnessed (at the ICK Oratory in St. Louis) multiple not-quite-simultaneous private Masses (each with a single server), the experience of 10 distinct elevations with 10 minutes seemed very powerful and intensely spiritual.

    I’ve heard the account (perhaps not entirely apocryphal) that, when Card. Ratzinger (several years before his papacy) witnessed a similar scene at Fontgombault, he said “Now, this is the real Catholic Church!”

  9. Henry Edwards: a similar scene at Fontgombault

    I have been part of that “similar scene” several times. When I visited Fontgombault we priests said our Masses in the morning, with one of the brothers serving. It was very quiet but I felt a kind of electric pulse in the shadowy silence. A great experience.

  10. Supertradmum says:

    Many years ago, and I need to go again, I visited the beautiful ruins of Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire, my most favourite place on earth outside Rome. I saw the ruins of the famous nine altars in the abbey church and realized the many voices of priests who had been silenced by violence and hatred. The magnificence of so many ruined altars struck me as prophetic. However, it is not those outside the Church who hate the glory of the Mass being said all at once by many priests, but those enemies inside. There is a nine-altar chapel at Durham, which I need to see. Perhaps, next year. Here is a link to the view of the Chapel of the Nine Altars at Fountains.,-4.24,70.0

  11. Skeinster says:

    That is one of my favorite memories of Clear Creek, as well. The great reverence shown by each of the priests, assisted by a brother monk and the low murmur of the prayers of all the priests celebrating was like a hum of holiness, punctuated by bells.

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