Friday, September 30, 2005

Liturgical Catechesis

sharing a personal anecdote.

I've recently been attending some meetings at church, only to hear a well-respected elderly parishioner say on two occasions,"The Mass is a celebration - so we should sing". I had great problems with that.

Whatever happened to the Mass being a Sacrifice, a Memorial, a Sacred Banquet? Do people get a sense of these three things nowadays when they go to mass?

Yes, the battles we have to fight. Its all about proper catechesis, which is sorely lacking nowadays.


At 11:13 AM, Blogger DilexitPrior said...

The Mass IS a celebration. It IS also a pascal sacrifice. While at the Mass we witness one and only sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, we can celebrate with great hope and joy as we know that this is the same Christ who is risen and reigns in Heaven. We join with the heavenly hosts as they proclaim "Holy, Holy, Holy Lord." It is a triumphant sacrifice.

At 6:22 AM, Blogger Justin said...

Ms. Prior, while I can see where you might be coming from, I think you are misconstruing what he is trying to say. When you go to Mass and hear the cantor or parish member mention only the celebration aspect of the Mass, it's the wrong emphasis. While you are partially correct that we are celebrating the Sacrifice, you have to actually mention the sacrificial aspect since it is the most important part. Without the Sacrifice, there is truly no reason to celebrate - the only reason to celebrate is because of the Sacrifice.

It seems what he is mourning is the fact that many modern parishes no longer want to mention the sacrificial nature of our Faith.


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