Thursday, January 3, 2013

Necessity for Continuity - Novus Ordo Liturgical Revision to Tradition Necessary for the "New Evangelization"

The overwhelming problem with Catholic Churches in modern society is the lack of authentic Catholicity that pervades in liturgical functions, liturgical ministries, and even priestly formation, since the Second Vatican Council. Now, to say that all of this was called by the Second Vatican Council would be incorrect and not valid. To say that this was caused by a progressive, liberal, Protestant, "ecumenical", inclusive movement within the Catholic Church, particularly by United States bishops and priests, would be an understatement. The Liturgical abuse which happened in the US Church from the 70's, 80's, and 90's (and even to this day...hint hint: Religious Education Conference of the Archdiocese of LA...) has completely pervaded innocent Catholics from a true understanding of what the Church says it means to be Catholic, what Her teachings mean, and what Her practices are! The faith by which an individual church believes is shown by how they worship and to whom they worship, whether it be holding hands, singing "Kum-by-ya My Lord" and feeling "the spirit", or by genuflexing before Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist, praising Him with incense and sacred music, and even (Liberals...prepare for a heart attack) humbling oneself to God Almighty by kneeling and receiving Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist on the tongue. Which do you believe honors Almighty God more? Which do you think your immortal soul will appreciate more?

Liberal liturgists may think that I'm being a redundant traditionalist who has nothing better to say than by poking fun at their inclusive, Protestant mentality based services (Note: I am NOT underhandedly stating that the Mass of Paul VI is invalid. The Mass of Paul VI is 100% valid. I am merely commenting on liturgist logistics, or should I say, lack there of). I mean, it takes a long time to hang up those horrible "liturgical banners" that give no real representation of the Catholic faith and a lot of work taking down those beauty, European imported, sacred statues of important people like Our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and all the other saints. You know the banners I'm talking about....
(from Ziegler's Online Catholic Store)

Now, I'm not saying that this banner above isn't "nice". I'm sure the people who thought of this art concept thought really hard about what's important in Catholic sacred art and it's sacred dignity. They just chose not to do it adhere by it. Simple as that. Sorry if you disagree with me. I believe (as does the Church) sacred art to be an absolute, objective, and concrete concept and not something that can be played around with because it makes us feel like we're contributing more to our local parish. If you can compare this horrific banner to that of Michaelangelo's "Pieta" in any proper state of mind and rationalize them to be similar, you're probably not a fan of my blog. Keep your pipes at home and come worship the King of Kings in His Eucharistic self who dwells in the Holy of Holies, the tabernacle (more on placement later), at the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. 

People who are reading this blog and care about this very topic might be saying and asking to themselves, "I know and understand this! I believe it to be true! How are we to bring traditional liturgical customs back into the Church through the usage of the Mass of Paul VI (Novus Ordo)?"

First, I'd say read as many books about the liturgy by Pope Benedict XVI as you can possibly get your hands on. Then, stay tuned in for my next series of posts where I will walk through the Mass of Paul VI from the beginning to the end and see where traditional liturgical customs from the Tridentine Mass can be added to the Novus Ordo to create a since of continuity in tradition, true, authentic Catholicity, and most importantly, continuity of the historical Catholic faith that has transcended the 2000 years of it's existence.

Amen! (and it's properly pronounced AH-men, not AEE-men!

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