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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Mass Is Liturgical TLM AND NO PART II

What we mean by liturgy;from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

1136 Liturgy is an "action" of the whole Christ (Christus totus). Those who even now celebrate it without signs are already in the heavenly liturgy, where celebration is wholly communion and feast

The celebrants of the heavenly liturgy

1137 The book of Revelation of St. John, read in the Church's liturgy, first reveals to us, "A throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne": "the Lord God."1 It then shows the Lamb, "standing, as though it had been slain": Christ crucified and risen, the one high priest of the true sanctuary, the same one "who offers and is offered, who gives and is given."2 Finally it presents "the river of the water of life . . . flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb," one of most beautiful symbols of the Holy Spirit.3

1138 "Recapitulated in Christ," these are the ones who take part in the service of the praise of God and the fulfillment of his plan: the heavenly powers, all creation (the four living beings), the servants of the Old and New Covenants (the twenty-four elders), the new People of God (the one hundred and forty-four thousand),4 especially the martyrs "slain for the word of God," and the all-holy Mother of God (the Woman), the Bride of the Lamb,5 and finally "a great multitude which no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes, and peoples and tongues."6

1139 It is in this eternal liturgy that the Spirit and the Church enable us to participate whenever we celebrate the mystery of salvation in the sacraments.

The celebrants of the sacramental liturgy

1140 It is the whole community, the Body of Christ united with its Head, that celebrates. "Liturgical services are not private functions but are celebrations of the Church which is 'the sacrament of unity,' namely, the holy people united and organized under the authority of the bishops. Therefore, liturgical services pertain to the whole Body of the Church. They manifest it, and have effects upon it. But they touch individual members of the Church in different ways, depending on their orders, their role in the liturgical services, and their actual participation in them."7 For this reason, "rites which are meant to be celebrated in common, with the faithful present and actively participating, should as far as possible be celebrated in that way rather than by an individual and quasi-privately."8

1141 The celebrating assembly is the community of the baptized who, "by regeneration and the anointing of the Holy Spirit, are consecrated to be a spiritual house and a holy priesthood, that through all the works of Christian men they may offer spiritual sacrifices."9 This "common priesthood" is that of Christ the sole priest, in which all his members participate:10

What Mass is NOT. We are not there to be entertained. If people say it's boring then they've missed the meaning of the Mass itself and the Eucharist.The remedy. Ask yourself.Do i truly believe that Christ is present body,blood,soul and divinity in the sacrament? Do i understand what the early Christians went through to even be able to receive the Eucharist? Do i know that there were people then and even people NOW willing to give up their lives before giving up the Eucharist? Can i accept it on faith because Jesus said it,just as the apostles did? Have i gone to confession(the sacrament of reconciliation)frequently enough and especially if I'm in a state of mortal sin to be prepared for Mass and receive communion? Does my life reflect my Catholic faith?

The priest is not there to entertain us or give us his opinion. He is there to feed us spiritually. It doesn't mean he is always going to give rousing sermons either but without the priest we have no Mass,no Eucharist. The Altar and Tabernacle are front and center.The pulpit is to the side. We go and give Jesus everything we've got.Jesus becomes present to us in a special way through the priest and gives us Himself.No priest,no Eucharist,no Eucharist,no Church.This sacrifice deserves reverence and respect. We're there to offer honor and glory to God and receive the Eucharist. We're not there to be passive,entertained or put our hour in.

It's not a show for our viewing. In the age of television and mass(small c) communication we expect to be passively entertained at all times.

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