The Diocese of Saint Augustine (pronounced the “Protestant” way, August-teen) will resume public Masses the weekend of May 16/17.
The Diocese of St. Augustine borders our Diocese, which is Sede Vacante, on our southern border as well as the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee which resumed limited public Masses last weekend.
The good bishop there, a former auxiliary bishop in the now famous Archdiocese of Atlanta (pronounced Add-lana) is relying on parish pastors to use common sense and subsidiarity, a Vatican II mandate if there ever was one, to decide exactly how it will be accomplished.
The good bishop is offering generic guidelines though. In the video, he says that Communion should only be received on the hand. His words are accompanied by priests distributing on or in the hand and each priest actually touches the filthy, dirty, pandemic spreading hands of communicants. Oh well.
If bishops would only put aside their ideological small mindedness about kneeling for Holy Communion and try it, experiment with it, they would find out immediately that it is much easier not to touch a communicant’s filthy, dirty, pandemic spreading hands and the same with their tongue. Oh well, putting aside ideologies about what Vatican II did not mandate in terms of standing for Holy Communion will take an act of God. Oh, we are in an act of God as far as what the pandemic is doing to so many sacred cows of the what Vatican II did not mandate for the Mass, offertory processions, the handshake of peace, holding hands a the Our Father and the pandemic causing filthy, dirty common chalice.
The good bishop of St. August-teen also recommends that Hymnals be removed. Oh my, what will the people do for active participation in what Vatican II did not mandate, that they sing hymns at every Mass from a hymnal? Of course we all know that hymnals put an end to the pandemic of no active participation in the pre-Vatican II Mass.
But maybe without filthy, dirty, pandemic spreading hymnals, we will return to the actual participation of the Mass prior to what Vatican II did not mandate. Who knows but God alone!