Thursday, September 8, 2016
IS THERE ACTUAL PARTICIPATION IN THE MASS WHEN ALL ONE DOES IS CRITQUE, COMPLAIN AND WHINE?
The Mass is the Mass when it is valid. The Orthodox Divine Liturgy, while celebrated by schismatics, is valid. So is the Ordinary Form, the Extraordinary Form, the Ordinariate Form and the myriad of eastern rite liturgies not to mention the Latin Rite variations, of which many have returned in the EF experience.
For me as a priest when I celebrate the EF, OF or LT (Lifeteen), I enter into the mystery and allow God's grace to work in me. When I become too critical and enter into wishful thinking about this, that and the other as it concerns the Church and the liturgy, then I close myself to the gifts of grace God desires to give me through the various celebrations of the myriads of Masses I celebrate.
So stop complaining, whining and critiquing and simply be in the majesty of God's embrace during the Mass. His actual participation is present.