Wednesday, October 1, 2014
AND THEN THERE ARE THOSE WHO LONG FOR THE CLOWN LITURGIES OF THE 1960'S WHICH FOUND A RESURGENCE IN THE 1980'S!
Praytell is nostalgic for the legitimacy of clown liturgies and wants to revel in this piece of liturgical history once called "renewal." Read it and weep there. Particularly interesting are the comments. I want to throw-up! And this is suppose to be a serious blog on the reformed or revised liturgy!
Here is an excerpt:
Forms of “clown ministry” were practiced as early as the 1960s, but experienced something of a popularity surge in the early 1980s. One such comprehensive “clown ministry” was run by the Sisters of Mount St. Benedict, in Erie, Pennsylvania. Sisters involved in the ministry dressed in clown costumes for retreats, ministry outreach events, and worship services, as a way to spread the Gospel with a touch of humor and a lot less severity than a nun in a traditional habit might project. As one sister, also known as “Bubbles,” reported, “The traditional Christian message seems to get boxed in. What we attempt to do [with this ministry] is break down some of those barriers.” (Beaver County Times, 8/17/1986).
And then a priest made this comment!
In my opinion – whatever one thinks of clowns – the (occasional) performance of clowns in (rare) postconciliar liturgies on the one hand, and the all-pervasive performance of the priest in the entire preconciliar setup is not just apples and oranges – it’s apples and screwdrivers.
This is what happens to the Church and her clergy and laity when there is a rupture between the Church and Her Mass prior to Vatican II and after Vatican II (preconciliar/postconciliar). This language is right out of the 1960's/70's mentality! And it is finding a new mentality in second decade of the new 21st century!
Can you image equating the priest celebrating the 1962 Missal with its high theology of Christ Himself, Head of the Church, Bridegroom of the Church and High Priest offering His Prayer, His word and His sacrifice to the Father on our behalf and made visibly present in a sacramental way through the signs of the ordained priest being equated with postconciliar clowns during Mass? It is sacrileges to say the least.