Thursday, September 5, 2013
THE SENSE OF REVERENCE IS EVERYTHING
St. Joseph parochial vicar, Fr. Dawid Kwiatkowski received this email the other day. I share it with you as it concerns St. Joseph's 9:30 AM Pro Populum Solemn Sung Ordinary Form Mass:
...I attended your 9:30am Mass. I just wanted to send you this quick note to say how extraordinarily beautiful and enriching I've found your parish to be when I pass through Macon between Florida and Kentucky.
Yesterday's 9:30am Mass in particular was most edifying - the fine musicianship, the sweet dismissal of the children for their special liturgy, the deeply reverent Mass itself, the wonderful opportunity [as usual at St. Joseph] to actually kneel and receive Holy Communion on the tongue [with paten], to your own splendid homily.
I thank you with all my heart.
I have a deep devotion to St. Joseph himself. May he continue to cover you and all at your church with his own most powerful prayers before the throne of God.
P. B./Naples FL
MY COMMENTS: As everyone knows, I love the EF Mass and its reverence most of all, not necessarily the Latin, although I'm glad we are now preserving Latin by celebrating the EF Mass. As per my previous post, prior to the EF Mass, I would not have known a few phrases if a planted spy suspected that I was a faux priest. Therefore, prior to the EF Mass which Pope Benedict only released to the general public in 2007, I might have been strangled and my body thrown down a ravine with the planted spy saying as he threw my body down the ravine, "You don't even deserve a burial." But the sad thing would be that I was a priest but only celebrating the OF Mass in the vernacular and thus not knowing Latin unbeknownst to this SSPX Mass goer, planted spy. It would be a tragedy which Summorum Pontifcum would avert!
But I digress, the topic is reverence and Ordinary Form Masses in the vernacular can be and should be as reverent as any EF Mass. Now that we have the new glorious English translation of the Mass which is actually faithful to the Latin text for the Ordinary Form Mass, we have built in reverence. That is a big, big plus!
When the Propers are chanted, that is a plus toward reverence.
When altar servers know what they are doing, when the complete Mass is chanted, when incense it used, all these make for an edifying liturgy to give glory to God and to help those who worship during the Holy Sacrifice to do so with great care and REVERENCE.
The option of kneeling for Holy Communion for those who are called to do so also helps. But no one is forced. Standing remains the norm. We even have those who choose to kneel to receive Holy Communion receiving in the hand. They place the host in their mouth as they are kneeling, thus in front of the minister, and depart only afterward! Kneeling to receive on the hand is more reverent too!