Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | February 17, 2008

Letter I’ll be sending to several parishes in Ca.

Liturgical Suggestions

The lack of external gestures of adoration has lead to a lackadaisical Faith amongst the Church. Lex Orandi, Lex Crendi (The Law of Prayer affects the Law of Belief). External gestures are apart of this prayer. As a solution to this I propose the following:
Make the Tabernacle VISIBLE and SEEN BY EVERYONE, as we should all be facing the true East which is Christ himself. By doing this people are able to better know the Real Presence of Christ in the Tabernacle and in the Eucharist. A Church is a reflection of the Pastor of the individual community. A pastor that is holy, the congregation will be so as well. A pastor who doesn’t care will lead to a congregation that does not care.
As a result of a, that means GENUFLECTIONS would return in the beginning and end of Mass, and any time that ANY ONE passes in FRONT of the Tabernacle. People seeing the genuflections seeing the ACTS OF ADORATION by the clergy as well as those participating in the Liturgy (Altar Boys and Lectors) will have an increase in the Faith in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, as a result more respect and adoration will be paid to the Eucharist and there will be less of a lackadaisical attitude during “Eucharistic Processions” as the Cardinal likes to call them. You will see an increase in reverence from those receiving as well as an increase in the people who attend the Sacrament of Penance.
With this increase in Faith it should be easy to restore kneeling in its rightful place within the rubrics of the Ordinary Form of the Mass. Kneeling should be done after the Agnus Dei as an act of adoration towards the Blessed Sacrament. This is not a cause of extra noise, or an extra kneeling just for kneeling sake, but this is an imitation of the book of Revelation where everyone is kneeling before the Lamb (Rev 19). You may be tempted to think that doing this is an act of disobedience towards the Cardinal, however this is not the case as in the rubrics of the Mass and contrary to the Tradition of the Western Church in particular as kneeling has been the expression of Adoration for the vast majority of the Western Church’s history. I have seen this done at St. Thérèse Catholic Church in Alhambra and can tell you from working with that community that the Faith in that Community is greater as you see less sacrileges as well as reverence when approaching the Blessed Sacrament.
Communion in the Hand has also been a major contributor to the LACK of BELIEF in the True Presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. We in American Society eat many things with our hands, including but not limited to: hot dogs, pizza, cookies, French fries. The message that we’re sending to our children by allowing them to do Communion in the Hand is that Jesus is no different than a cookie, or any other type of “finger food.” It is no wonder that there is a general lack of belief of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Besides for that is contradictory to Catholic Theology. Think about it: We listen to the Word of God in Church, not everyone read it for themselves. The emphasis is that God comes to us, NOT US TO HIM. God revealed himself to Moses (Ex 3, 14) and not Moses to God. Likewise when we do Communion in the Hand, we don’t allow God to come to us, God is instead snatched out of the priest’s hand, (or Extra-Ordinary Minster of Holy Communion, which by the way there are too many of), instead of with care on the tongue. Abp. Rajinth from the Vatican has said that we ought to re-think the issue of Communion in the Hand, which is NOT THE NORM OF THE CHURCH, but rather granted by indult by Rome to the United States, Austria, Canada and other places. In Poland, the diocese of San Luis in Argentina, and many other places, this practice of Communion in the Hand is illicit. Catechesis on why you should not do Communion in the Hand should be taught. In the meantime however, the PATEN should be brought back as to make sure no hosts fall on the floor as well as the particles from the Host (they’re still Jesus too). Instead of just having the Altar Boys sit around put them to use by having them hold the paten at least with the priest. This care for the Eucharist will show the congregation that they should have the utmost respect and adoration for the Jesus truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.

The exaltation of the person has resulted in man thinking that he is God when this is absolutely not the case and a belief that is condemned by the Church. By the result of his position changes the emphasis of the Liturgy from God to the personality of the person celebrating the Mass.
SAY THE BLACK, DO THE RED. The Mass is not yours to mess with, it is God’s no priest, even if he be a Bishop has the right to change the words to the Mass. (SC and RS).
The Mass is not a theatre performance. It is not for our entertainment. We don’t want to be entertained, but rather taught the Truth of our Catholic Faith. Thus inappropriate clapping during Mass, thanking the choir, altar boys, Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, etc. This not the work of us as individuals, but rather the work of God, and when we clap during Mass it is kind of like self promotion and exalting ourselves when it is not us as we are merely God’s instruments and he uses us as necessary. This is not a culture problem, as again I make reference to St. Thérèse Church in Alhambra where I see none of this behavior during Masses.

All persons are created equal, but just because all people are created equal does not mean that the roles are interchangeable. We are equal because we are all children of God; however because of the hierarchal nature of the Church we are not equal.
The clericalization of the Laity must stop. We are not ordained, thus our roles are different. Rome has mentioned in Redemptionis Sacramentum that Extra-ordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (that are not Altar Boys) should NOT be purifying the vessels as that are the job of the priest, deacon or instituted acolyte alone. By allowing the EOMHC’s to participate in the role of the hierarchy we undermine the priesthood by this method.
We believe that after the consecration the wine becomes the Blood of Christ. Because we believe this, we should NOT POUR THE BLOOD OF CHRIST AFTER THE CONSECRATION, but rather BEFORE THE CONSECRATION as spilling the Blood of Christ would involve the Ritual which I know that none of us want to go through. This was also addressed in Redemptionis Sacramentum.
In spite of what everyone thinks Vatican II DID NOT SAY GET RID OF LATIN…This is a known fact that it is an ABUSE OF VATICAN II to have a Mass without any Latin in it. As a result of there should be an increase in the Latin, whether it be in the Hymns, the Propers (Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Pater Noster) or in the responses Dominus Vobiscum: Et cum spiritu tuo. My suggestion to this is to have a Latin Mass once a month or if possible during the weekdays.
“The Church does not have the power to ordain women” to quote our late Pontiff John Paul II. Because of this having girls on the altar (while permissible) is not liturgically correct. Even though John Paul II allowed altar girls, he never had any at the Vatican. Also this practice is not used in most countries…It has been banned in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. As a result vocations have increased in that diocese. Again, to emphasize the point in this one, we are all created equal, however our roles must be understood. It is not that women can’t be at the altar, it’s just that Jesus didn’t plan it that way. We should thus copy him, as well as the Vatican in this manner.

It is my hope that you take into consideration all that I have suggested here in the above notes of concern. It may seem like I’m pointing out minor details, but the most minor of details are important in the Law of Belief and the Law of Prayer as well. I mention these things not as a condemnation, but rather that of charity, that because of my love for the Church, her teachings, and doing things properly that I mention these things to address as soon as is possible. I would be more than happy to come and defend these points that I have made in these points of notice.

May Almighty God Bless you in your consideration of my points.

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