Friday, August 10, 2007

"All About Me" Moment #3,794
Heard outside a simple country church

A friend of mine was having a conversation the other day with a fellow parishioner, asking her how she felt about the upcoming freeing of the Traditional Latin Mass.

She responded "well, I'm a Cradle Catholic, and I was raised with the Latin Mass. I do love it, but I prefer the New Mass because I can actively participate in it."

To wit, my friend responded "and you can actively participate in the Latin Mass as well. It's called praying."


Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

How does she figure a person can't participate in the Latin Mass?

1. If you didn't carry your own missal, you can usaully pick up an abridged copy at the back of church.
2. You genuflect out of respect to the Blessed Sacrament before entering your pew. (Yes, we still do that!)
3. You may get splashed with holy water during the Asperges (if said at your Mass).
4. You stand, sit, or kneel at the appropriate times throughout the Mass.
5. You get to respond in Latin to many of the priest's prayers.
6. You can pray along with the use of your missal throughout Mass.
7. You listen to the espistle and gospel TWICE! Once in Latin, once in English (or whatever vernacular tongue is being used).
8. You walk up to the altar to receive Holy Communion AND kneel at the altar rail while you accept the Body of Christ on your tongue.
9. You can watch the celebrant perform the ancient rituals of the Mass and understand you are participating in a centuries old form of worship of our God.

There's probably more, but I can't think of them right now.

Sorry, you won't get to hug, kiss, "high five," shake hands or otherwise press the flesh with all within reach. You won't get to touch the Precious Body of your Lord in your palm. (I could never understand the audacity of any human who thought they were worthy to do that. Even Thomas wouldn't dare to touch the Lord until Jesus told him to do so.)

8:31 PM  
Blogger paramedicgirl said...

That's a great response your friend came up with. Not sure it would have any impact in that situation, though. People are so fixed on active participation they have forgotten all about praying the Mass.

12:01 AM  
Blogger Kasia said...

I think your friend's retort was brilliant. I personally prefer worshipping in English (probably just a personal comfort level thing), but I think the "active participation" thing is way overblown. Is it really that hard to read a missal?

3:39 PM  

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