The text is a powerful meditation on the redemptive work of Our Lord and Our Lady and is fitting reading for all who wish to unite themselves with ‘the Passion of the Christ’. For some of you, this may be the first time you have come to a Mass in the old Latin rite, and you may be wondering what you are meant to do. You may be wishing you could at least come up to the sanctuary with the offertory procession, if not give one of the readings or even help with Holy Communion.
But you are not going to be allowed to do anything. You have just got to sit there. Or maybe kneel or stand. But you cannot do anything.
However, I will try to show you that there is indeed something you can do, something indeed you are meant to do, and something which will make you very like Our Lady on Calvary.
On Calvary she also must have felt frustrated.
She would have given anything to have been allowed to
brush the flies from her Son’s face.
Or moisten his lips with a damp sponge.
Or even kiss his feet.But the soldiers were there on crowd control duty.
Their job was to keep people away from the men on the crosses.And so our Blessed Lady could only stand there in silence.
And she prayed.
She and her Divine Son were the only ones
who knew what was actually happening.She knew that He was the world’s Redeemer.
She knew that He was offering a Sacrifice,
He was offering the Sacrifice
that would once more open to us
the gates of Heaven.
Being God as well as Man,
the price He was paying for our salvation
was of infinite worth.
Though our sins are great and innumerable,
they must always be
quite outweighed by this
ransom of infinite worth.
So she joined with Him
in offering this sacrifice to the Father.
And loving Him as she did,
she united her own suffering heart
to His divine Heart.
She offered herself in union with Him,
immolating her heart on the altar of her love.
So in this Mass, try to be like Our Lady on Calvary.
Our Lord told us that we have all to be
like little children if we wish to have
the right approach to salvation.
And little children look to their mother to learn what to do.
In this Mass, look at Our Lady,
and try to do what she did on Calvary.
Offer Jesus to the Father, as she is doing.
And offer yourself in union with Him.Words are not needed.
You do not need to do anything, outwardly.
But inwardly you need to do much.
You need to be “actively engaged”, as Vatican II says,
trying to be like Mary on Calvary,
your heart filled with love,
offering the Divine Victim on the altar to the Father,
and offering yourself to God in union with Him.
Lesson 27: The Sacramentals
292. Q. What is a sacramental?
A. A sacramental is anything set apart or blessed by the Church to excite good thoughts and to increase devotion, and through these movements of the heart to remit venial sin.
293. Q. What is the difference between the Sacraments and the sacramentals?
A. The difference between the Sacraments and the sacramentals is:
1. The Sacraments were instituted by Jesus Christ and the sacramentals were instituted by the Church;
2. The Sacraments give grace of themselves when we place no obstacle in the way; the sacramentals excite in us pious dispositions, by means of which we may obtain grace.
294. Q. Which is the chief sacramental used in the Church?
A. The chief sacramental used in the Church is the sign of the Cross.
295. Q. How do we make the sign of the Cross?
A. We make the sign of the Cross by putting the right hand to the forehead, then on the breast, and then to the left and right shoulders, saying, In the name of the Father and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
296. Q. Why do we make the sign of the Cross?
A. We make the sign of the Cross to show that we are Christians and to profess our belief in the chief mysteries of our religion.
297. Q. How is the sign of the Cross a profession of faith in the chief mysteries of our religion?
A. The sign of the Cross is a profession of faith in the chief mysteries of our religion because it expresses the mysteries of the Unity and Trinity of God and of the Incarnation and death of our Lord.
298. Q. How does the sign of the Cross express the mystery of the Unity and Trinity of God?
A. The words, In the name, express the Unity of God; the words that follow, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, express the mystery of the Trinity.
299. Q. How does the sign of the Cross express the mystery of the Incarnation and death of our Lord?
A. The sign of the Cross expresses the mystery of the Incarnation by reminding us that the Son of God, having become man, suffered death on the cross.
300. Q. What other sacramental is in very frequent use?
A. Another sacramental in very frequent use is holy water.
301. Q. What is holy water?
A. Holy water is water blessed by the priest with solemn prayer to beg God's blessing on thosewho use it, and protection from the powers of darkness.
302. Q. Are there other sacramentals besides the sign of the Cross and holy water?
A. Besides the sign of the Cross and holy water there are many other sacramentals, such as blessed candles, ashes, palms, crucifixes, images of the Blessed Virgin and of the saints, rosaries, and scapulars.
Stella Gruenbacher, a regular reader of Venite Missa Est!, sent this image to be posted. It is a lovely holy card and third class relic of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini. Thank you so much for sharing Stella. Please send your old pictures of first communions, weddings, baptisms, holy cards etc. to share to firstname.lastname@example.org...I'll post them so that we all can share and reminisce.