Monday, February 4, 2013

WOW, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 CONSISTED IN A KALEIDOSCOPE OF CLASHING LITURGIES, COLORS AND TECHNOLOGIES--IT WAS RICH!

For the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time in the Ordinary Form the color was:
However for the blessing of throats, on the Feast of Saint Blaise, the color should have been red, since he was a martyr:
And, and certainly everyone knows this, in the Extraordinary Form Calendar and Mass, the liturgical color was violet for Sexagesima Sunday and of course yesterday, Saint Joseph Church celebrated High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 2:00 PM:
But if that wasn't enough we also had our annual kick off Super Bowl Sunday, Bishop's Annual Appeal, which always falls the first Sunday of February. So we had to show a video from Bishop Gregory Hartmayer at all our Masses including the Extraordinary Form Mass and did so during the homily time. I also spoke before and after the video at all the Masses, including the Extraordinary Form Mass--I wonder how many times videos have been shown at an EF High Mass? Am I a pioneer in that too!? Oh, the Glory!



15 comments:

Henry Edwards said...

In our diocese and others that I know of, the annual bishops appeal video is shown in EF and OF Masses in all diocesan parish churches. Why would you suspect not? It suffices (at least formally) as a sermon.

I myself rather look forward to it each year, this being one of the few times at Sunday EF Mass that we are spared the redundant duplicate reading of the Epistle and Gospel.

John Nolan said...

How do you show videos? Does everyone troop into the church hall? Or do you set up a giant screen in the church? Does your homily take the form of a powerpoint presentation? Do you have the option of reading out the bishop's letter from the pulpit, thus sparing the congregation the cheesy background music and the faintly ludicrous spectacle of his Lordship striding along the seashore in a friar's habit and carrying (incorrectly, as he was not in pontificals) an outsize wooden crozier? Not to mention the interviews with habitless sisters and the priest standing in front of what looked like a dining table with a tablecloth too small for it.

I think this is one American import we shall resist.

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

We rent equipment for this once a year event, although we do an in-house video for our stewardship renewal in late August/early September which requires renting equipment again, so only twice a year.
So we rent a rear screen movie screen with rear screen projector/projection and it is tied into our sound system.
We place the screen slight to the left of the altar, but it is somewhat in the way of the liturgical action and is an eye soar to say the least, especially in our neo-Romanesque (Norman?) revival church.

We turn down the lights, turn on the DVD and watch like in a theater.

I would never build a church with a permanent screen and projection system where words to prayers and hymns are projected--yuck!

Andy Milam said...

This is a wonderful reason for restoring the old calendar while adding the new saints who have been canonized since.

It would eliminate the need for several things, 1. Different colors for the same day. 2. A return to a simpler schedule for the readings. 3. Stability in liturgical life between the EF and the OF. 4. A way to enhance "mutal enrichment."

Just sayin'...

Henry Edwards said...

I should correct myself. What we had from our bishop was an audio recording, not a video. I do not recall ever having seen an actual video at an EF Mass, so perhaps you did indeed set an unfortunate precedent.

The worst thing I have personally ever seen (at an OF Mass) was a temporary screen set up for a PowerPoint parish financial presentation on Corpus Christi Sunday. I thought not the presentation (particularly), but its scheduling, was atrocious and offensive on perhaps the one day on which the whole liturgy should be the most heavenly.

Henry Edwards said...

Andy, I don't think the different colors yesterday were solely an EF/OF calendar thing, At our EF Mass yesterday, our priest of course wore violet for Sexagesima, but changed to a red cope for the traditional Latin blessing of throats at the altar rail after Mass.

Andy Milam said...

I understand that, but the rarity of it happening where St. Blase falls on a Sunday is the anomaly. The norm however is that for the last 3 weeks we've been juggling green and violet, and then there are the various octaves, the various ember and rogation days, not to mention the various days where black can be worn. All in opposition to the new calendar which dumbs everything down to either green or white, 95% of the time.

My point isn't that changes don't happen, but the fact that understanding that having two different calendars confuses the faithful. Why green at the 10am and violet at the 7:15am (or whatever)? It makes catechesis very laborious.

John Nolan said...

Actually, if the priest is blessing throats after Mass, he should of course remove the chasuble, but if he assumes a cope surely it should be a violet one, being the liturgical colour for the day (Sexagesima Sunday). Surely it would only be red if the Mass of the feast had been celebrated.

rcg said...

Our parish is FSSP. We have been counting down through Sexagesima Sunday et al.

Henry Edwards said...

Andy, "be careful less you get what you wish for". When (not if) we get a unified EF-OF calendar, it surely will be basically the same as the current OF calendar--with a few minor EF tweeks like perhaps restoration of (only) the Pentecost octave--since the Latin world will surely still be 99% EF. So I myself am not working too hard in support of this "unification". Indeed, if the EF calendar remains intact so long as I'm alive, I can live with that.

Henry Edwards said...

John, (not having looked it up) since the blessing of throats outside of Mass is not liturgical, I wonder whether it is governed by the liturgical color of the day.

ytc said...

Why does the bishop wash feet of women in the video? I think that is absolutely forbidden--not to mention a perversion of symbols, as if apostles were women--and bishops can't change that. Amiright?

Gene said...

ytc, Clearly this Bishop has modernist leaninmgs.

Marc said...

ytc - You are correct: The bishop is wrong.

Andy Milam said...

ytc,

Remember one thing and keep chanting it to yourself, regarding this issue...

viri = men.

mulieres = women.

'nuf said.