OK - so now we see it. Now I want to know why? What does it symbolize.
C’mon people, someone must have wondered why? Understanding the “why” is important as all things are symbolic in such masses.
- I’m so antagonistic.
Lux, I asked A Priest friend of mine, Many years ago, This same question. His answer: The server (or Deacon) is merely taking the weight of the vestments of the Priests Arms. My Priest friend has been ordained 62 years. I also asked our Pastor who says our weekly Tridentine Mass. He confirmed this. Then I did A little research. In the Middle Ages It was common for the Celebrant to hold up the sacred species for A long time. Hence the practice of lifting the Chasuble to give him some relief. It was also common during this period for the Servers to Hold elevation torches. You will see this at A solemn High Mass.
Thomas Cranmer the “reforming” Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury. Wrote about this practice in one of his many diatribes against the Ancient Mass. He said it was common for the people to “call out” during the elevation “Hold” “Hold” when the priest started to lower the Host or the Precious blood.
Hope that helps
BTW Just like My Medieval forbearers, This is my favorite part of the Ancient Mass.
I cant wait to experience it in the Morning!
Quicumque Vult, Salvus esse,