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By Ben Yanke on May 27, 2012
Happy Pentecost, everyone.
I pray you all had a blessed Easter season. Incidentally, I was also confirmed two years ago today (by the liturgical calendar, I was confirmed last pentecost). Let’s also pray for all those who have been confirmed this spring or will be confirmed soon.
By Ben Yanke on May 25, 2012
This past Sunday, I was privileged to assist at a special diocesan Mass with Bishop Morlino in honor of John Paul II. I was happy to see some elements of continuity, as is usual with Bishop Morlino.His normal altar arrangement was in use, which is a wonderful first step in reorienting ourselves towards the Lord. During the sprinkling rite, two cantors sang a beautiful english setting of the vidi aquam, interspersed with a congregational refrain of Alleluia (this is the music, if you really wanted to know).
Bishop also sung most of the celebrant’s parts, such as the preface and collects (more on this below…), which is another wonderful step forward. However, he also did something I’ve not seen before: he used two collects: one for the Ascension, directly followed by the one from the common (of pastors, I believe), for John Paul II. He did the same after communion. While in the OF, only one collect is to be used, that of the Mass being celebrated, there’s a wonderful tradition in the EF of praying more than one collect when there are multiple commemorations or overlapping feasts.
What a wonderful way to express continuity with the past, while also celebrating such a wonderful pope! And before you rubricists of you flip out, don’t forget that the Holy Father also occasionally does similar things in Rome, so this is not unheard of.
Some people say that we don’t need to drag the liturgy into the past. Here’s my simple rebuttal: We’re not going backwards, but sometimes when you get off the road, you need to turn around in your seat to see where the road is.
Veil the tabernacle, the chalice and the ladies! Let fiddlebacks abound! Let every priest tie on a maniple! Let every priest wear a biretta (and use a beretta, if needed)! Bring it on, people!
By Ben Yanke on May 24, 2012
By Ben Yanke on May 19, 2012
There’s a plethora of reasons why I strongly believe that kneeling and receiving on the tongue to receive Holy Communion is the best method of reception. It shows much greater reverence, it was the only way to receive before Vatican II, and the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, the 265th successor of Peter, The Vicar of Christ, has done it himself, and encouraged others to do the same.
Receiving kneeling and on the tongue is clearly a more reverent way to receive Our Lord. Kneeling is an unmistakable gesture of prayer and adoration, and receiving on the tongue makes it clear that we are receiving, not “taking” the Eucharist from the priest.
Kneeling and receiving on the tongue should be the only way to receive because that is what the saints have done for hundreds of years, and what, up until Vatican II, has been the way to receive. The church granted special permission, and reluctantly at that, to receive in the hand, and it can be withdrawn at any time. There’s a reason for not having an absolute permission, but a temporary one.
Our Holy Father, Pope Benedict has begun doing this at all of his Masses, and has encouraged the world to do the same. Shouldn’t there be kneelers going out all around the world at all parishes after the Holy Father has proposed an idea such as this to us?
Now, some may argue against this saying that standing is the norm in the United States, citing the United States edition of the GIRM, §160. When this adaptation was purposed to the American bishops to be voted on, the question was asked about the definition of “norm”. It was made clear that norm does not mean legally obligatory, but means the usual way of doing things, not barring other legitimate options, such as kneeling. In addition to that, the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments (CDWDS) in Rome granted this indult, but only on condition that those wanting to kneel may always be allowed to (source). The GIRM makes it clear in the second half of §160.
The norm established for the Dioceses of the united States of America is that holy communion is to be received standing, unless an individual member of the faithful wishes to receive communion while kneeling (congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, instruction Redemptionis Sacramentum, March 25, 2004, no. 91).
But here’s the key point, straight from the CDWDS:
Indeed, the faithful should not be imposed upon nor accused of disobedience and of acting illicitly when they kneel to receive Holy Communion.
Get that? It is never being disobedient to kneel. Ever. If you’re receiving communion in the latin rite, you may always kneel. Clear enough?
Another argument people sometimes bring up is that we need unity, implying that everyone must stand for there to be “unity”. First of all, kneeling is the preferred manner in receiving communion. If some decide to break from the norm (which they are free to do), those who stay with it should not be accused of breaking the unity! If anything, those deviating from the norm (ie, receiving standing) should be accused of disrupting unity.
When you receive in this manner, you are “unified” with the many, many more Catholics who lived before Vatican II. Kneeling is the way to achieve greater “unity” in the way we receive, if that is what all this supposed unity is about. It seems that all of these arguments fall flat on their face when you simply examine them a little closer. As for me, I will be in union with all the kneeling Catholics receiving communion from our Holy Father. I need to look no further than to his example.
Receiving holy communion in this manner is clearly the best way to receive holy communion. When you think about it, it all boils down to reverence. I would urge anyone who would like to see more respect and reverence in the Mass to begin receiving kneeling, and on the tongue, and encourage others to do so. It seems simply the most reverent way to receive Our Lord and Savior, the creator of the universe.
By Ben Yanke on May 18, 2012
Bishop Joseph Galante: “The old fear factor approach — come to church or go to hell — will not work in today’s world.
Fear, though, in today’s world does work for the following:
1. Fear of a speeding ticket slows speeders down in the presence of a cop.
2. Fear of a stroke keeps people taking their high blood pressure medicine.
3. Fear of poverty keeps people working.
4. Fear of intruders keeps people locking their doors at night.
5. Fear of contagion keeps people from inhaling the spray of another’s sneeze.
6. Fear of offending one’s mother on mother’s day causes children to buy Mother’s Day cards and gifts
However, in today’s world, the fear of hell does not work to keep people from not going to Mass?
Have we not taught them that hell looms very powerful over their lives when they don’t think it is important enough to be at the One Sacrifice of Christ re-presented at every Holy Mass whereby they are to receive His Sacrificial love and the only means of their personal salvation?
The Seventh Gift of the Holy Spirit is “Fear of the Lord!”
Read more at Southern Orders, I can’t claim this brilliant post as my own!