I LOVE THE MESSAGE AND LOOK OF THIS MEME, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING INCONGRUOUS IN THE PHOTO; BE THE FIRST TO NAME IT!
The more I study this, there is far more than one thing that is incongruous with this photo, many things, and one thing that is most shocking, which I only now realized. What is it? What is it? O what is it???????????
Mass is not being said before a crucifix, its a risen Christ statute
That’s the least and not my first choice for incongruity. The main one though is a bombshell that took me a bit to realize.
The felt banner.
The font. What a ridiculous placement. There may well be a crucifix on the altar but it is obscured by the celebrant in this Novus Ordo Solemn Mass.
The banner, was my number one and original incongruity. Yes. You win the original question. However, later I realized something else that in fact may me a bit uncomfortable to begin with. In a way, Jacob may have subconsciously come upon it with his concern with the Risen Lord over the altar rather than a crucifix. That is a clue.
Well, John, you are on the right path to the ultimate bombshell. I had seen this church on another blog but not being used, only photographed. I was a bit shocked when they named the Church.. Yes, it looks like a Tridentine Mass, but closer look reveals it isn’t but only ad orientem. The baptismal font placement is a clue, though. As it the second lectern to the right of the pulpit, that looks like a chalice, which is a clue too, to the bombshell.
It really looks like the Lutheran Churches around here. They practically all have that same style high altar.
BINGO! When I first saw the photo, the banner caught my attention as incongruous with the EF Mass. But at the same time the church looked familiar. I had seen it on another post, but not in use or decorated. So the bombshell is that this is a Lutheran Church, and not a valid EF or OF Mass because the celebrant is not an “ordained priest.” So, just as we should not take Christ out of Christmas, this photo does take the Mass out of it! Irony.
Rather than a mistake, it could be a Lutheran meme originally. In the American midwest especially, there are strains of Episcopalians and Lutherans who are very pre Vatican II "high church" and even refer to their services as "Mass" on occasion.
Romulus Augustus here, yep first thing I noticed as well was the "Protestant" risen Christ and Novus Ordo felt banner.
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