Wednesday, June 20, 2012
THE NEED TO SEE IS EXAGGERATED IN THE ORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS AND PLACES TO MUCH EMPHASIS ON THE "ACCIDENTS "OF THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST RATHER THAN ON THE REAL PRESENCE OF THE MOST HOLY EUCHARIST, JESUS CHRIST, CRUCIFIED, RISEN AND GLORIFIED, THE MEAL ASPECT GONE BIZERK!
Don't get me wrong, I'm all in favor of Solemn Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. I'm also in favor of the elevations of the Host and Chalice at the consecration and the Per Ipsum as well as looking at the host and chalice at the Ecce Agnus Dei. But do we have to look at the elements of the Holy Eucharist throughout the Liturgy of the Eucharist? Is this the reason so many demand that the Mass be facing the people so people can see what is on the altar and see what the priest is doing? Is this to emphasize that the bread and wine are food for a meal like those we have on a dinning room table?
Liturgists in the post Vatican II era really wanted to emphasize the horizontal aspect of the Liturgy often to the neglect of the sacrificial aspect of the Mass which actually is intrinsic to the Ordinary Form of the Mass and precedes the meal aspect. But you wouldn't know that by the way liturgists have trained priests and congregations to celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass.
In fact, the accidents of the Eucharist, the bread and wine become objects of adoration rather than our Lord who is hidden under the veil of the bread and wine, which in substance is no longer bread and wine, but the Glorified Body and Blood of our Risen Lord.
So liturgists and those seduced by their perspective want us to see the bread and wine on the altar throughout the Liturgy of the Eucharist and thus make the bread and wine more important that what these become, Jesus Christ who is food and drink for eternal life and made palatable under the accidents of bread and wine which remain for the senses of sight, feel and taste.
And Jesus as food has nothing to do with ordinary table meals we have, because the regular food we eat and wine we drink eventually become a part of us in the digestive process. But when we receive our Lord worthily in Holy Communion, He makes us a part of Him, not by digesting us but by strengthening us in the bond of Holy Baptism and Confirmation that makes us adopted sons and daughter of God through His Holy Church of which we are the body and Jesus Christ is the head. That doesn't sound like digestion to me at all!
So the ad orietem position for the Liturgy of the Eucharist takes this obsession away from the bread and wine on the altar and trying to see what the priest is doing the whole time, since there really isn't anything to see, the act of consecration is invisible after all. All we really need to see are the three elevations of the Liturgy of the Eucharist during the Canon of the Mass and when the priest turns to the congregation for the Ecce Agnus Dei, which means Behold the Lamb of God, not Behold the bread and wine!
Let's leave contemplating our Lord for a prolonged period of time to post Mass devotions before the tabernacle and in Solemn Exposition. And certainly let us never adore the bread and wine for what they are but rather we must adore who is invisible (veiled under the bread and wine) Jesus Christ! For to adore bread and wine for what they do for us is idolatry, but to adore Jesus Christ and see the symbol (accidents) of bread and wine as conveying what Jesus accomplishes for the repentant sinner, that's good and holy.