This week, the priests of the Diocese of Savannah are on retreat at the Marywood Retreat center in Jacksonville, Florida. Here are some pictures of our Mass at the parish Church of San Juan del Rio which is in front of our retreat center as well as the grounds of the retreat center situated on the Saint John River in Jacksonville and like the Nile and the Saint Lawrence Seaway, it flows north rather than south (and of course my blog platform does not put the photos I post in the order that I post them, but rather in a random way and I don’t know why and it is too much trouble to post these individually in the right order, oh, the agony of it all!)
But, I digress, at the end of the photos are my accolades about the fact that I was right about the pandemic producing common chalice and the authentic liturgical renewal that Covid-19 hath wrought!
At our diocesan con-celebrated Masses, especially at the Cathedral or when we are on retreat, in the past-prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, priests would receive the consecrated Host during the Lamb of God and then consume the Host at the same time as the bishop (or any celebrant) received the Host. Then after the celebrant drinks from the Chalice, each priest approaches the altar and drinks from a common chalice.
Of course, if this were done in a restaurant, the establishment would be shut down by the health department and in the Covid-19 age, those who promoted this disease causing tradition would be arrested and law suits galore would be experienced. We would see commercials on TV by local and chain lawyers with this moniker: “Have you received a life-threatening disease from a Catholic Church that allowed you and in fact encouraged you, shamed you into drinking from the common pandemic producing chalice? If so contact me at 1-800-lawyer for a pricy settlement.
But in the Covid age, at our concelebrations, the Host and the Chalice are placed on the altar and after the bishop receives both the Host and the Chalice to complete the Sacrifice of the Mass, each concelebrant approaches the altar, takes the Host and intincts it into the Chalice of Precious Blood.
It is not only an antidote to shared disease of God only knows what, but it is far better visually than the previous way concelebrants received Holy Communion at Mass.
But what really strikes me is how prophetic I was over the years about calling out the pandemic spreading common chalice despite the ignorant derision I received from liturgists in the Church.
But I wear my scars in this regard as a badge of honor. Thank you Lord Jesus.