Wednesday, May 09, 2007
But now, it's just a skeleton.
“The windows are gone, there’s holes in the wall it looks like tornado hit inside.”"
Three sets of liturgical dancers waltzed up the aisle at the time of the Presentation of the Gifts. First, three or four young girls and a boy, about 11 or 12 years old, pranced to the altar twirling lit candles through the air in a circular motion. The candle-bearers circled the altar and placed the candles in front of the altar. A second wave of youngsters, holding bowls of incense aloft, also paraded to the altar, repeating the same pattern.
Then came the climactic dance. A boy and a girl, about 14 or 15 years old, came up the center aisle, bearing gifts of bread and wine. I looked for our bishop, and the deacon seated at his side, to rise from their chairs, walk to the front of the altar, and receive the gifts. But they both stayed put. The boy and girl circled the altar, carrying the bread and wine. Finally, they stopped, dead set in front of the altar, facing the people, and hoisted the bread and wine above their heads. Solemn looks crossed their faces as they fixed their gaze upward on the gifts for a long moment. Then they placed the gifts on the altar and returned to their seats.
Moments later, the bishop proceeded to the altar and made the official, liturgical offering of the gifts to God. He lifted the gifts above his head, exactly as the boy and girl had done, as seen by hundreds of worshipers from the pews.
With few exceptions, the Holy See has said "no" to liturgical dance.
Cardinal Lehmann is in Brussels tomorrow. The theme of his talk: Social Europe. It would be nice to think that a Catholic Europe would be on his agenda.
And here is the reason why Cardinal Lehmann is such an enemy of the Latin Mass? His left-hand man is the Devil (out in public together at the Carnival two years ago) (Hence the name sinister from Latin for left, as the left was always associated with evil things, even before Communism was invented!)
Cardinal Lehmann's official reason for the opposition to the Latin Mass is that it would cause liturgical chaos. So to help the Cardinal here are the number of different Masses, approximately that are possible in the new Rite, taken from a commentator on the ever-excellent kreuz.net.
Apart from variations in language, priestly dress, wine, and hosts used
3 credo (Symbolum or Nicene, last with I or We)
PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS
4 Praises…(loud- soft with or without acclamation)
2 doxologies (Priest alone or with the people)
3-variable Prayers prior to the Our Father
2 Libera (with or without)
2 Lord we pray thee (Priest with or without the people)
2 Silent prayer (missing occasionally)
2 Communion (with or without Communion helpers
2 times 10 times 3 times 4 times 4 times 2 =
1024 timesl 81 times 16 = 1327104 Variations
One million three hundred and twenty seven thousand one hundred and four variations
(click to see the Collect at Mass YODLED)
There is only one Old Rite.
As the shepherd visiteth his flock in the day when he shall be in the midst of his sheep that were scattered, so will I visit my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
“Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.” - G.K. Chesterton
Long live the Restoration!