Topics: Diocese of Wichita: Bishop Jackels on Holy Week Services.... You, O Hell, Have Been Troubled: From An Easter Sermon from St. John Chrysostom...."Good Morning": No More....Random Thoughts: Overheard on the Web ....A Blessed Easter: to All Our Readers....Thomas A'Kempis: For the Greater Glory of God and the Honor of The Blessed Virgin Mary....A Storm is Brewing: Simple Tolerance Forces Radical Change...Christ Changed the World: YouTube, the Vatican
Participate in Palm Sunday, Holy Week Church Services
Let the Eucharist have its full effect, changing us into Jesus, filling us with the spirit of Christ
The Catholic Advance
By His Excellency The Most Reverend Bishop Jackels
The Palm Sunday entry into Jerusalem.
The Holy Thursday foot washing.
The Good Friday passion and cross.
The Holy Saturday resurrection light.
The Holy Week services take us in a participatory way through the most significant events in the life of Christ. This week our imitation is as close to acting as it will ever get.
What might be said about Lent can be said in spades about Holy Week: we do what Jesus did and why to prepare for Baptism or to renew our baptismal promises at Easter so to live our lives in Christ.
The stage of our acting like Christ is clearly not limited to the liturgy in church. Otherwise, those worship services would be cold and empty. They might even be considered harmful for giving us a sense of being holier-than-thou because we went to church.
So, take up a palm branch on Sunday and take it home to adorn a crucifix or holy picture. But let it also be a memento of the Lord’s second coming in glory, stirring us to live in joyful expectation, and reminding us to persevere in our efforts to live our faith (we can be fickle like the inhabitants of Jerusalem that first holy week, turning from Jesus to sin).
On Holy Thursday, kiss the hand of the priest who provides the food of the Eucharist, receive it worthily in Holy Communion, and adore it in the chapel of reservation. But let the Eucharist have its full effect, changing us into Jesus, filling us with the spirit of Christ, such that it is natural and unremarkable for us to wash the feet of others.
On Good Friday, listen again to the story of the Passion, watch as Jesus walks the way to Calvary, and venerate the cross as an expression of contrition for sin and gratitude for being loved so very, very much. But we take up our own cross, Jesus tells his followers, understood to mean putting to death self, or more specifically a selfish, self-centered, self-serving life. No more “I, me, and mine” or at least not only; but now also “we, you, and ours.”
On Holy Saturday, hold a lighted candle in memory of Jesus’ resurrection snuffing out the darkness of sin and death, and renew the promises to life differently, in imitation of Jesus, making the world a different, better place because we try. Allel… (Oops; not yet).
Let me take this occasion to wish you all Easter peace and joy.
You, O Hell, Have Been Troubled by Encountering Him Below
From An Easter Sermon from St. John Chrysostom
(attributed to Isaias)
Hell was in an uproar because it was done away with.
It was in an uproar because it is mocked.
It was in an uproar, for it is destroyed.
It is in an uproar, for it is annihilated.
It is in an uproar, for it is now made captive.
Hell took a body, and discovered God.
It took earth, and encountered Heaven.
It took what it saw, and was overcome by what it did not see.
O death, where is thy sting?
O Hades, where is thy victory?
Christ is Risen, and you, O death, are annihilated!
Christ is Risen, and the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is Risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is Risen, and life is liberated!
Christ is Risen, and the tomb is emptied of its dead; for Christ having risen from the dead, is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
To Him be Glory and Power forever and ever. Amen!
"Good Morning" No More
The UK Telegraph reports that priests at the meeting, held in the Diocese of Leeds, were told to question whether it was appropriate to say "good morning" once the priest was on the altar and had made the sign of the cross.
Following the meeting, some priests in the diocese told their congregations that they would no longer greet them in an informal manner at the start of services.
A spokesman for the diocese said: "The review of the liturgy is looking at whether there are elements of the service that have become a bit too distracting.
"People might argue that if you go in to a house, you say 'hi', but the priest is not going in to a house. He is going in to a sacred service. We need to emphasise that the priest is president of the community and is presiding at the service.
"It is a debate that has been going on in the Church for a long time, are we doing a cabaret or are we actually celebrating the Eucharist?
"The fear is that if some guidance is not given and general decisions are not put down, the interpretation of the liturgy leads to unsuitable things, like strobe lights and girls in hotpants. The aim of the new translation is to bring more dignity to the service
- I forgot where I found this but I have often thought the same: "I can't help but feel that putting the mass into the vernacular has *divided* Catholics rather then uniting us. Instead of every race attending mass together, we're divided up into Spanish mass, Chinese mass, English mass, Korean mass... you get my point! How is this ok???? How is this "progress"??? We now have White People mass and Brown People mass instead of UNIVERSAL (Ca-tho-lic) mass."
- Just recently, a 6-yr-old said:“Daddy, why in the English Mass does the priest have his back to Jesus the whole time?”
- Referring to the abolished Octave of Pentecost: The story goes that on the Monday after Pentecost in 1970 His Holiness Pope Paul VI rose early and went to his chapel for Holy Mass. Instead of the red vestments he expected, green ones were laid out for him. He asked the Master of Ceremonies, "What on earth are these for? This is the Octave of Pentecost! Where are the red vestments?" "Your Holiness," replied the Master of Ceremonies, "this is now The Time Throughout the Year. It is green, now. The Octave of Pentecost is abolished." "Green? That cannot be," said the Pope, "Who did that?" "Your Holiness, you did." And Paul VI wept.
- In regards to His Holiness Benedict XVI, Vatican II and "reform of the reform": Pope Benedict, although he may seem very traditional, actually is doing exactly what the council (VII) called for.
- Yogi Berra: If you don't know where you're going, you'll wind up somewhere else.
- And for absolutely no reason: You know what still bothers me to this day? My grandfather had a wooden leg, and a real foot.
A Blessed Easter to All of Our Readers
In the last week we at Venite Missa est! have had visitors from all over the world. Thank you for reading our little blog and supporting us and each other in our collective embrace of Catholicism, Mother Church, our Blessed Priests and religious and especially the ancient liturgy, the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.
May you have a blessed Easter and let us rejoice together, at home, in community and around the globe in God's grace and Jesus' sacrifice which is our salvation.
The Lord be with you....Sweden, United Kingdom, Ireland, Argentina, Panama, Dominican Republic, Spain, France, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Italy, Croatia, Turkey, Romania, India, Kenya, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Slovakia, Mexico and Japan.
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For the Greater Glory of God and the Honor of The Blessed Virgin Mary
"Set thyself, then, like a good and faithful servant of Christ, to bear manfully the cross of thy Lord, for the love of Him Who was crucified for thee. Prepare thyself to suffer many adversities and divers evils in this miserable life, for so it will be with thee, wherever thou art, and so indeed wilt thou find it, wheresoever thou hide thyself. It must be so, and there is no remedy against tribulation and sorrow, but to bear them patiently. Drink of the chalice of thy Lord lovingly if thou desirest to be His friend and to have part with Him. Leave consolation to God, to do with them as best pleaseth Him. But be ready on thy part to bear tribulations, and account them the greatest consolations, for the sufferings of this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come, although thou alone couldst suffer them all." (This is part 10 of 14 from Book II, Chapter 12, "The Royal Road of the Holy Cross," from The Imitation of Christ, by Thomas A'Kempis.)
A Storm is BrewingBy Bob Ellis on April 8th, 2009
If you think the assault by homosexual activists on values, marriage and family doesn’t affect you, think again.
Simple “tolerance”was just a foot in the door to make way for a host of radical social changes that will end up affecting everyone…and trampling on the freedoms of good people.
When it comes down to it, there is no middle ground: homosexual activists demand no less than your full and complete endorsement of their sexual behavior…and if your opinion, rights and freedom take a back seat to that, so be it.
If you’re a doctor, you must not deny lesbians who want to you artificially inseminate one (or both) of them, and if you are a counselor, you must not give the slightest hint that you believe homosexuality is immoral or unhealthy.
If you are a church, ministry or religious person, you must cater to the whims of homosexual depravity or face legal consequences.
If you are a parent, you must allow the politically-correct education system to teach your children that this immoral, unnatural and unhealthy sexual practice is perfectly fine.
If you want to preserve your rights and freedom, if you want to preserve a society that has a moral compass, you must get involved NOW. You no longer have the luxury of sitting on the sidelines.
This video is from the National Organization for Marriage.
Christ Changed the World by Letting Himself Be Killed
YouTube: the Vatican