Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | April 26, 2008

Calvary made anamnesis II

In my last entry on this subject, Calvary made anamnesis:

To review points that I made in my last entry, they are as follows:

1. Calvary and the Mass are apart of the SAME sacrifice.

2. anamnesis means to make something past present

3. solemn means serious, or to give serious thought

4. we are supposed to be reflecting upon Calvary during the Mass.

5. Rock and pop music does not fit the context of solemnity

We participate in the Sacrifice on the Cross. see here for more on this:

The question now becomes, what kind of participation is it? Is it an exterior participation where doing becomes a major importance, or is it an interior participation where our hearts being united is more important. Moreover, how does this particiption apply at the Mass?

In one of my favorite books Spirit of the Liturgy, Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict) says the following about active particpation “To expess one of its main ideas forthe shaping of the liturgy, the Send Vatican Concil gaveus the hrase participatio actuosa, the “active participation” of everone i the opus Dei, in what happens in the worshp of God” he later goes on to say “Unfortunately, the word was very quickly misunderstood to mean something external, entailing a need for general activity, as if as many people as possibe, as often as possible, should be visibly engaged in action. However, the word “part-icipation” refers to a principal action in which everyone has a “part.” And so if we want to discover the king of doing that active participation involves weneed, first of all, to determine what this central actio is in whic all of te members f thecommunity are spposed to paricipate.”

Cardinal Ratziger anwers the question like this: “By the actio of the liturgy the sources mean the Eucharistic prayer. The real liturgical action, the true liturgical act, is the oratio, the reat praer that forms the core of the Euchairstic celebration, the whole of which was, therefore, called oratio by the Fathers.

As Catholicism was developing, this was the word oratio which was used to described the Canon of the Mass. Cardinal Ratzinger points out that oratio meant solemn public speech at first not prayer (which the root is prex)

Eveyone knows that with the pagan religions that they were sacrificing animals as well as humans to gods that don’t exist as that infrmation is available in any history book.

Reading further in Spirit of the Liurgy “What the Fathers were saying was this: The sacrificial animals nd all those things thatyou had and have, and which ultimtely satisfy no one, are now aboished. I their place has come the Sacrifice of the Word. We are the spiitual religion, in which i truth a Word-based wrshp takes place. Goats and cattl are no longer slaughtered. Instead, the Word summing up our existence is addressed to God and identified wth the Word, the Word of God, who draws us into true worship.”

Before I go into this thought any further, ‘ll let you catch up…..


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