1. Scripture for the Adoration of God.
For those of you that have been to Solemn High Mass, you know that the Gospel is proclaimed to the Liturgical North. Why is this done? The North is symbolic of the Gentiles that have not received the Gospel yet. I find deep symbolism in this because we’re supposed to preach the Gospel to all nations (Mk 16, 15).
Another thing that you’ll notice is that the Scriptures are said facing the Tabernacle (or altar) . One thing I think we tend to forget is that God comes first, we come second. What better means to Adore God, than with His own words? Personally I don’t think there’s any better way to do so.
This is the primary reason why hymns should NOT be used at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (forget the fact that hymns are the exception in the GIRM). The Church uses God’s own words in the Adoration of Himself. The Introit, Gradual , Alleluia, (Tract), Offertory, Communion Verse are taken directly from Sacred Scripture 99% of the time. Even though hymns by themselves aren’t evil or the coming of the anti-Christ by any means, it does make you think why are we replacing God’s word with OUR OWN words? For me it just doesn’t make sense.
If you remember from the Old Testament, There were VERY specific rituals prescribed for various things. (All you need to do is read Leviticus). Though sin offerings weren’t redeemed until the Lamb of God (Jn 1, 29) Jesus Christ was offered on the Cross. The Sacrifice is re-newed constantly, since he died way back in 33 AD, and now is 2010. If the Sacrifice wasn’t on going, we’d be screwed in short.
Unfortunately, the protestant mentality of us, us, us, has crept into the Church. Every thing’s for me, the Mass needs to be relevant, etc. Just a friendly reminder that our edification from Scripture is 2nd to the Adoration of God in the Most Holy Trinity. Early Church didn’t have Bibles at their Holy Mass, (let alone Liturgical books), one because of persecution, and two because it was super expensive to make books in those days. They had to do it all from memory. Why can we trust them? If someone messed up the original, they were basically executed for not relaying the oral traditions correctly. Hardly anything we do now. (Not advocating for execution of people for mis telling something they received)
For the Higher degrees of solemnity, I’d would advocate a return to these positions described. A Mass where a deacon assists for example. For a low Mass, this shouldn’t be done.
2. We’re broke as a country…just in case you frogot
3. The video below