For me it last happened on Christmas Eve - special circumstances - a visiting Priest , home from his studies in Canada. More routinely we have minor liturgical abuses, no recent heresies, the quality of the readings unreliable ( there seems to be a problem for some in reading intelligently without lapsing into the dramatic or the infantile) ,of the several celebrants devotion is not a problem , but one or two still can't resist looking at the congregation after the Consecration , even when praying to Jesus Christ Himself! And yet another goes about the Altar clockwise whilst incensing it. Then there is the matter of music and singing under the guidance of our non- Catholic Choirmaster. The Choir under his direction is first rate. The choice of hymns is frequently a problem.
|ST.BONIFACE WHO BROUGHT THE FAITH TO GERMANY - HE COULD HAVE TOLD MS. DUCK SOMETHING ABOUT CREEDS AND CUSTOMS|
As a fire is meant for burning
With a bright and warming flame,
So the Church is meant for mission,
Giving glory to God's Name. (OK So far)
Not to preach our creeds or customs,(WHAAAAAT!)
But to build a bridge of care,
We join hands across the nations,
Finding neighbours ev'rywhere.
Second verse more of the same, but 8 "We"s
Third verse is plumped up with "green buds", "springtime", "rainbow lights", "storm", "radiance"and "dawn".
Of course the "We...we..."s and the "Nature"" gush are sad and bad enough. BUT "Not to preach our creeds and customs"is outrageous and heretical - in effect, the words are saying that the role of the Church, her "mission"is to be simply a big , warm and fuzzy social service organisation to make us all feel good about ourselves and each other. Well, put simply: NO.
What was the Great Commission Our Divine Lord gave His disciples , this :".......Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, Baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you........"What Our Lord had commanded as far as belief is distilled in our "creeds"and enshrined in our "customs"such as devotion to Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
|ST. FRANCIS XAVIER S.J THE APOSTLE TO ASIA - HE COULD HAVE TOLD MS. DUCK A THING OR TWO|
They are doing something right in Nigerian Seminaries.