THE CAPPA MAGNA, WHAT DO YOU THINK? SILLY OR MAJESTIC, ARCHAIC OR RESPLENDENT?
This is a brief video of the entrance procession of the EF Solemn High Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in the spring. The commentary is very interesting and spot on. What do you think of what you see?
In this setting the Cappa Magna is appropriately majestic.
And the children signing the Ave Maria was too!
And the commentaries about restoring our Catholic identity are so true!
Ain't it great to be Catholic! How fortunate and blessed we are!
The entrance of the Bishop in Cappa Magna was, for me, an eye opening event. I had never heard of nor witnessed anything like it. But it absolutely locked into my mind the whole idea of how Jesus wanted to instill proper prayer and worship of God. The Bishop was dressed as a most reverent Bride of Christ. This should be our response to God, giving all of ourselves, wearing proper wedding garments, the best available, for the Wedding Feast of the Lamb. Becoming a vessel for Gods Grace. When ever Mass is celebrated, Heaven and earth become one. For that event we should be present heart, mind and soul. God's love is unconditional. It's only us who put conditions on how we love God. The action of the Bishop was not to draw attention to himself it was to Give Glory to God (as we do with our beautiful Church). He became a willing receptacle for God's Love as to become "In persona Christi" for us. So I'm for "RESPLENDENT"!
Keep the Cappa!
Words such as haughty and the spelling bee classic, supercilious come to mind. The garment is pompous to the point of ridiculousness that a bishop must blush a little wearing it. It is the symbol of the world, the power and privilege that the world gives to men in high places. The arrogance of men always looks "silly" in God's eyes.When the Bishop reaches the altar, The Cappa Magna is taken from him - publicly. This is very important because, by doing so the liturgy reminds us that the honors and titles of this world have no place amongst the holy.
That's a good comment. I must say, though, I've never seen it used ini person and I'm 56 years old. I doubt that it was used that much prior to the Council. But your explanation is good. Fr. AJM
reminds me of a wedding veil -
Wonderful and oh.....while we're at it, bring back the sede gestatoria, the flabella made of ostrich feathers and the papal tiara!!
We're in serious need of some unabashed Catholic ceremonial splendor. I miss a bit of majestic pomp from time to time. Let's give it the full Monty and remind the world that the Pope is the Vicar of Christ!
My personal taste is probably of the least interest or importance. What I can say is that the Cappa is in Continuity with the Traditions of the Church. It should stay and we all as Catholics should support it.
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