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Vic Biorseth, Sunday, July
Once upon a time, all Catholic Churches were built so that the congregation, at prayer, would be facing East, toward Jerusalem. That didn't last too many centuries, but the Tabernacle, containing the Most Blessed Sacrament, was still on the back center of the Altar, which was almost always against the wall of the Church that once upon a time would have oriented the people and the Priest toward the East.
Huge Cathedrals like St. Peter's in Rome were the occasional rare exception, because worshipers were likely to be to the left, right and maybe even behind the Altar, which was free standing and not against any wall. But in general, all Catholic Churches had the same look and feel. The Tabernacle was the central focal point of the whole architectural design.
Well, that didn't last for too many centuries either. The post-Vatican II GIRM (General Instruction of the Roman Missal) called for a new Altar, separate from the wall so that it could be walked around, and so that celebration of the Mass could be said with the Priest facing the Congregation.
We remember when this happened. Suddenly, almost overnight, all these new Altars suddenly appeared, as if they had been secretly prepared and held in reserve for this occasion. One Sunday, Poof, there they all were, like magic. The extreme, unexplained suddenness of it was very disruptive. Many left the Church over it.
Until that time, we had always been taught that wherever we were in the world, if we went into a Catholic Church Mass would be said in exactly the same way, with preeminence given to Latin, and we would be right at home and not lost in any foreign Liturgy. The Mass was the Mass, wherever you went on the earth. It was the Mass of the ages.
No more. That was then, this is now.
Now, it is possible to be lost in a foreign Liturgy just going between Parishes within the same Diocese, or going from Diocese to Diocese, right here in America. Not supposed to be any foreign Liuturgy problem? Well, now we have a local Liturgy problem.
In that regard, Card. Sarah has stirred things up a bit. LifeSite News in an interesting report referred to this latest Ad Orientum controversy as GIRM Warfare. At a London conference on Liturgy, Card. Sarah called for Priests to offer Mass ad orientum, in the same manner it had been offered throughout history, until the post-Vatican II Liturgical disruptions.
Card. Sarah also criticized recent Liturgical abuses that elevate "human achievements" (Marxist Social Justice?) almost to the exclusion of God, and encouraged the reception of Holy Communion while kneeling, and for the restoration of Gregorian Chant.
That was analogous to showing a Cross to a Vampire, in terms of the immediate negative reaction from all the modernistic Catholic clergy of all ranks that have been in preeminence in the West since all the post Vatican II Liturgical disruptions.
By now we're all painfully aware of how quickly "Vatican Officials", who appear now to have formed quick-response teams for such situations, jump into the public spotlight to explain away whatever recent off-the-cuff remarks Pope Francis makes.
Now, this quick-response team, or whatever it is, has jumped on Card. Sarah's remarks in London, with both feet. The Official Vatican Statement "clarified" Card. Sarah's remarks in London, to the point of undoing them all. Just a little clarification. See? The "Clarification" referred to the GIRM, indicating that it called for populum peragi possit, meaning, facing the population. The Altar, not the Tabernacle, was to always be the center of attention, with the Priest facing the people.
The problem with the "Clarification" is that it seems to insist that it "must" be done this way, rather than "can" be done this way. If it is merely an implication, it is a very strong implication, bordering on or giving the appearance of insistence.
It seems there are still Catholic clerics who disagree with the Vatican's "Clarification" and with other detractors of consistent liturgical tradition. Quoting from the LifeSite article:
Another quote from the article:
As Fr. Hugh Somerville-Knapman pointed out, the more Modernist clerical interpretation of GIRM 299 into English is flawed. (Does the first English gross miss-interpretation of the new Catechism of the Catholic Church, rejected by St. John Paul the Great, strike a familiar note?)
You have to read the Latin to see that this is true of the GIRM. The English is more insistent that populum peragi possit, yet the Latin seems more insistent on ad orientum, as the norm. The Modernists insist that it requires Mass facing the people; the Traditionalists insists that it allows Mass facing the people.
Traditional position, meaning, ad orientum, seems to be implied quite heavily by the references to those times the Priest does indeed face the people. It is worded in such a way that shows that the whole GIRM assumes a priori that the Mass is said ad orientum. For example, quoting from the GIRM:
I'm just a layman; what do I know? I can only say that personal observation over the years shows a remarkable loss of reverence for or even proper recognition of Jesus Present in the Holy Eucharist. While it cannot be said with certainty that populum peragi possit in and of itself caused this problem, it can most certainly be said that that is when the loss of respect for the Holy Eucharist began.
These troubling thoughts of a fractured and separated Liturgy and the two sides of divided up for GIRM Warfare were on my mind as I prayed in preparation for Mass today. It seemed related to the fractured and splintered political factions in America today, weakly standing against the seemingly more unified Marxist enemy of liberty, and weakly standing against the seemingly more united Islamic enemy of everyone not Islamic. Dangerous times, both within and outside of the Church.
The First Reading was from Genesis 18, where Abraham had the audacity to bargain with God, for the saving of Sodom if, ultimately, God found 10 worthy souls within its borders. Well, we know that there were not 10 worthy souls there, for it was entirely destroyed.
The Second Reading was from Colossians 2, where Paul taught that we all died to the world through the submersion of Baptism, and rose as new beings in Christ, no longer bound by chains of the law, but freed to be willing doers of the will of God, casting the old self away.
The Gospel was from Luke 11, where the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, and the Lord's Prayer came into being.
Father's Homily turned all that into a beautiful relationship between the self and the community; combining Humility and Community in a way that was new and wonderful to me.
The practice and development of the virtue of humility means turning one's attention away from self and toward the other. Being more self deprecating and more listening and attentive to the words, wants and needs of others.
Christianity itself is a community project. No one can walk the Christian journey completely alone. We are the body of Christ, and He is the Head. Apart from the body, we are also apart from Him, and without Him, we can do nothing.
Father pointed out in the most perfect of prayers, the Lord's Prayer, there is no mention of "I" or "me". It is "Our Father ... ", and it is "... Give us ...", and it is "Forgive us ...", and "... as we forgive ...", and it is "Lead us ...", and it is "Deliver us ...", with no particular mention of the individual saying the prayer.
The Our Father is, always was and always will be a Community Prayer. We only pray the Our Father for ourselves when we prayfor the rest of the body of Christ, of which we are a part. Whether alone or in company, whenever we pray the Lord's Prayer, we pray for the whole body of Christ. Which is what we are supposed to do.
Father also pointed out that all the prayers of the whole Mass are community prayers. There are only three times when we pray for the singular "I" in the whole of the Mass; all other prayers are full community prayers. The three times we say "I" instead of "we" are all expressions of humility, except for a personal pledge.
That's it. Everything else in the Mass is Community Prayer, offered by and for the whole Body of Christ.
Another point highlighted in this homily was how all of this - the Lord's Prayer; the Mass itself; the fundamental principle of humility; and the sense of Community - the oneness of the Body of Christ that is the Church; all of these, and much more teaching, relate to the vtial need of memory.
As we age, we begin to lose the faculty of memory, and the Lord's Prayer, the Rosary, the Mass, all of these and other well known devotions help the memory of the individual to remain healthy.
In a similar manner, all of these things help the memory of the whole body of Christ, because they have been handed on through the millennia to us, to hand on to generations yet unborn. It is our responsibility to hand them on, whole, untarnished, untainted and unstained by any self-serving or unworthy changes.
Lord, that we may be one; that we may come together to offer one prayer, in one manner, to Your greater glory.
That we may be one in You, as You are one in the Father.
Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
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A 2006 Christmas and Hanukkah wish. May the Holy Days we celebrate remind us all of who we are, and how we are different from other peoples.
Current Democratic Party platform reveals anti-Semitic streak among Liberals. In their voting, their speechifying, and in the slant of their controlled mainstream media reporting, the current Democratic Party Platform is made clear to all observers.
The "Left", and The DaVinci Code, The Passion, and Cartoons of Mohammed. You can tell a lot about a movement by its public words. The Passion? "Unreservedly Bad." The DaVinci Code? "Unreservedly Good." Anything to do with Islam? "No Comment."
Who's driving the Health Care bus? Health insurance companies grading doctors? Health insurance companies grading doctors: a legitimized conflict of interest. A preparatory step toward the nationalization of the health insurance industry?
On the forced use of medical boiler plate language rather than simple notes. The "little dictators" from insurance companies and government bureaucracies force MDs to use stilted, verbose, medical boiler plate language in their own documentation.
Home For Christmas 2008. Website Getting Active Again.
Hydrogen power could be, and should be, the wave of our automotive future.Any move toward hydrogen power is a move toward a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and away from our dangerous dependency on oil.
Thoughts in remembrance of 09/11/2001, five years later. The changing shape of the war, the changing shape of the enemy.
The Jewish Shabbat. Description of Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath) from my Holy Land item supplier.
Kerry lies again, and then lies about his lies, in concert with the SLIMC.There he goes again! Kerry lies again and again about American servicemen and veterans; he just can't help himself.
Kerry's Lies: The Old, Vietnam-Era Anti-War Chickens are Comming Home to Roost. POW Lawsuit Could Force Kerry To Come Clean - by George "Bud" Day, Chairman, Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation.
What's going on with Mel Gibson? Is he really an anti-Semite?I am surprised that Mel Gibson is an alcolholic. But I am never surprised at any words that come out of the mouth of any drunk.
Still Worrying Over NuVo Consequences. The Holidays have gone by, several days have passed, and the SANE NuVo Initiative still stands pat.
The Dem's October Surprise involves another flip-flop of their public "standard" The clearly pro-sodomy Party that openly seeks the "Gay" vote goes Victorian for another pre-election October Surprise ploy.
Some Problems with NuVo: the so-called Null-Vote Initiative. A "philosophical" movement aimed at keeping religious conservatives from voting? Seriously? Let me state my problems with NuVo.
Come, let us sit and reason together. Jews and Christians of various stripe and spot can say to each other, 'Come, let us sit and reason together.' But we can't do that with the Moslems.
Regarding SANE works dropping NuVo: Nul Vote Initiative dies with a whimper. If you can't really present a good argument, sit down. On SANE Works dropping the NuVo Initiative: a program that works hard to SOUND pro-American while ACTING to oppose American National Existence.
Even experts grossly underestimate the Marxist zeal of the American Left. The sharp Left turn happened in the Hoover-FDR era, and the Marxism of the American Left has been deepening ever since.
Thinking American, in a nutshell: When one has lots to say, but time is limited. The older I get, the busier I get. Answering multiple questions as a thinking American, but in a hurry.
"We are an Easter People, and Hallelujah is our Song." (John Paul the Great). Our absolutely unique and singular Easter story, and the incredible force with which it struck human history.
Witnessing, grieving and weeping for our dieing culture. What might it take to call a whole people back from the brink of cultural death?
If we have an inherent right to something, then, who must supply it? Rights and Responsibilities exist in paired sets; a right does not exist in the absence of a related responsibility. If indeed we have a right to our job, then, someone must provide it. Who?
So how come we have all these homeless people if our system is so great? The strong "Utopian Idealist" firmly believes that absolute worldly perfection is actually possible. Therefore, there should never be any such thing as a hungry or homeless person.
Taking a look at Illegal Immigration and Tax Problem solutions. In our view, the minimum wage and income tax have outlived their usefulness, and only contribute to the illegal alien problem.
First journal / blog entries when the thinking catolic blog first opened up. Notes to readers about what I was doing.
On-going WebSite work and planned WebPages as of 09/07/2006 Adding items to book store.
Vic's busted finger status - life goes on. Another busted finger status report, since the original one rolled off of the 50-entry BLOG update records.
Website Status as of 02/05/2009. No more Bookstore; no more Contact Me; no more complexity.
Website Status 03-09-2009. Just a note to bring you up to date on website status 03-09-2009.
Website Status 04/06/2009. Busy driving daily now; most website work will be weekend and as available.
The Plastic Bags and Eco Doom theory: will plastic bags end life as we know it? Plastic Bag and Eco Doom predictions tell us that plastic grocery and garbage bags will still be buried in the land fills and dumps a thousand years from now. Well … so what?
Farewell Smokey Biorseth; Rest In Peace. Hello Coal Biorseth; Welcome Home. As we were laying our beloved Smokey Biorseth to rest in his grave beside the lilies, a carbon-copy of Smokey, in younger form, emerged from the lilies.
Honky Biorseth really runs this house. If you want to know what's in any cabinet in the house, just ask Honky Biorseth.
Kill the illegal alien marketplace, and illegal aliens will leave on their own. Why should we "imagine" life with no Mexico? Shouldn't the Mexicans be trying to imagine life without the USA?
More Marxist infiltration of higher education. Public school and the media are not the only places dominated by Marxist thought; even Catholic institutions are infected.
Of Families and Fortunes, and Inheritance Vs. Redistribution. Families and Fortunes are despised by Marxists, because Marxism demonizes the family, demonizes fortunes, and even demonizes profit.
Website Status Update 11/09/10 Just a Website status update; where we are and where we’re going.
Regarding the 2010 Tax Deal Pledge Breaker: Pledge? What Pledge? How can Republican deal makers even face us? We need to hang a Tea Party target on all professional politicians for 2012.
Pray for peace in Jerusalem, and for deliverance of Israel from harm. To pray for peace in Jerusalem is to pray for deliverance from Obama.
A tale of Promised Financial Melt-Down Debt Ceiling Nonsense and Happy Marxists. Everyone, on both sides, believes the Debt Ceiling Nonsense. Why?
God and Nature: on the Nature of Things, established by the Creator of Things. God and Nature: on man’s Perversion of the Nature of Things, even with the best of intentions.
Our Ohio voter Guide for the 2012 Election. The 2l012 Ohio Voter Guide – The Choices Have Never Been Clearer, or more critical.
Evangelization enters the animal kingdom with the first bear prayer. It is fitting that the first bear prayer would be a prayer of thanksgiving.
Is the Internet down in Lithuania? Sudden loss of Lithuanian traffic suggests the internet is down in Lithuania.
The rise of the Femi Nazi Green Beret, and the decline of military victory. The first Femi Nazi Green Beret will be awarded out of fairness, not excellence.
Food Insurance: Is this stuff really any good? All of us conspiracy-theorizing, global-calamity doomsday-preppers need their Food Insurance.
We just had to try to do Robert Irvine's Plastic Wrapped Baby Back Ribs. Put plastic wrapped baby back ribs in the oven? What? Are you nuts?
Thoughts on the first Eucharist, established by the Last Supper. The first Eucharist was recognized by the Apostles for what it was on that holiest Holy Thursday.
Get behind these Tea Party Candidates. The Constitution is not going to be restored to legal preeminence unless we replace leadership incumbents of BOTH PARTIES.
Ecce homo; Behold the man. Ecce Homo. Behold the Innocent Lamb, who takes away the sins of the world.
When your system slows down or hangs, it's time for a Total System Reboot. America, the World, and even the Catholic Church may need a Total System Reboot.
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"We belong to the Church militant; and She is militant because on earth the powers of darkness are ever restless to encompass Her destruction. Not only in the far-off centuries of the early Church, but down through the ages and in this our day, the enemies of God and Christian civilization make bold to attack the Creator’s supreme dominion and sacrosanct human rights.”--Pope Pius XII
"It is not lawful to take the things of others to give to the poor. It is a sin worthy of punishment, not an act deserving a reward, to give away what belongs to others."--St. Francis of Assisi
Truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.—Winston Churchill
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.—Ayn Rand
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