:banghead: :mad: :eek: :bigyikes:!!!
So, I went to a evening (6:00 p.m.) Youth Sunday mass, at a National Shrine, which is not my usual parish.
The homily was fine, and the Church and it’s appointments were beautiful, and the liturgy overall, especially the Eucharistic prayer, was actually very prayerful.
Besides the fact the entrance song sounded like a '90s toothpaste commercial, and the rest of the music was hip and rocky, (With the exception of the Lamb of God, which was actually beautiful, even though it didn’t even follow the official words),
I was horrified at the grave abuses when the distribution of the Most Holy Eucharist came about:
First, there were about a million lay “Eucharistic Ministers”.
After the consecration, these lay people took great handfuls of the Holy Eucharist and “helped” the priest distribute them into what was probably 15 smaller patens for use of the “Eucharistic Ministers”. (why not BEFORE the consecration???)
Meanwhile, a woman processed up to the altar carrying 2 great Ciborii filled with consecrated Hosts, which I can safely assume she took from the Tabernacle herself. (It is
stored away in a grotto as the church is built “in the round”)
As the priest distributed Communion to the some 25 laypeople, some of the others, who were to distribute the Precious Blood, marched up to the altar and took the chalices directly from it and self-communicated. (I’m pretty sure), then gave Holy Communion to their associates.
Then communion proceeded with the faithful finally receiving in a lawful manner, as far as that goes.
When communion was over, the jazzy chord died away and the “eucharist ministers” stood around the altar while the priest purified some of the vessels.
After that, the priest stayed in the sanctuary while they processed in a huge line, all carrying ciborii and patens and un-purified chalices to the grotto containing the Tabernacle, where, again, I can probably assume they placed Him themselves.
No idea what they did with the chalices.
And this is a National Shrine!!
This is NOT, NOT what the Second Vatican Council or anything from Rome after that,
sanctions or approves of.
But this is the norm there apparently, and for a lot of other parishes in America.
Makes me want to cry
Pray to end Liturgical Abuse!
“indeed, the true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries, nor innovators: they are traditionalists.”
-Pope St. Pius X
"Whenever an abuse is commited in the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy, it is to be seen as a real falsification of Catholic Liturgy. St Thomas wrote “the vice of falsehood is perpetrated by anyone who offeres worship to God on behalf of the Church in a manner contrary to that which is established by the Church with divine authority, and to which the Church is accustomed”
“Therefore no other person, even if he be a priest, may add, remove, or change anything in the liturgy on his own authority”
"they ought not to detract from the profound meaning of their own ministry be corrupting the liturgical celebration either through alteration or omission, or through arbitrary additions.
I propose Liturgical abuse as utterly, unreservedly and totally abominable in even the slightest form!
Necessary and lawful adaptions excepted of course.
Shame on anyone who tries to rob us of our patrimony, our sacred gift - The liturgy and Tradition!