Is the LIFETEEN Mass necessary?
REFORMS OF THE NEW MASS COMING?: Its been reported here that in March, Cardinals and Bishops members of the Congregation for Divine Worship voted almost unanimously in favor of:
…a greater sacrality of the rite, of the recovery of the sense of eucharistic worship, of the recovery of the Latin language in the celebration, and of the remaking of the introductory parts of the Missal in order to put a stop to abuses, wild experimentations, and inappropriate creativity.
No talk of reforming the reform, however, helped deliver our family from the LIFETEEN Mass held on Sunday, August 23rd, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eugene, Oregon. A Mass that will forever be ingrained within my memory and filed under, “The Heavy Metal Mass of 2009”.
FEEDBACK — Hendrix turning over in his grave
Guitar feedback has been described as a cat chasing its tail — amplified sound reaches a microphone and is amplified again causing screech. The old saying, “Come to a screeching halt” can be applied here. As that is exactly what happened within the Mass at St. Mary’s Sunday–it came to a loud screeching halt, and that, on at least four different occasions.
The re-presentation of the mysteries of this divine and saving faith discovered within the Holy Mass took a back seat to the overamplification of sound, ala, Jimi Hendrix. Here’s what was happening within me spiritually:
Christ has died: SCREEEECH — ‘Hold on a second, Jesus’.
Christ is risen: SCREEEEEEECH — ‘Wow! Did that happen again?’
Christ will come again: SCREEEEEEEE-CHEEE-SCREECH — ‘Oh, Come on, the volume is too loud, and microphones to close!’
Receiving Holy Communion: SCREEEE–EEEE–EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH — ‘Okay, that’s it, tell the kids, honey, that after reception we’ll meet outside in the garden by Our Lady to pray in silence…”
Thanks be to God for the Priest…
His homily was on the modern-day Catholic understanding of, well, being authentically Catholic in the Church and world today. That includes accepting with holy faith Church teachings on the moral life, and this priest of God pounded home the message with a constant reprise of Jesus saying, “Will you leave me also?” following each moral issue: Fornication outside of marriage… Contraception… Abortion… In the spirit of ‘this’ Mass my wife and I pounded knuckles.
On our way out of Mass following reception my Ten-year-old son, Andrew, stated the problematic reality of the LIFETEEN Mass clearly:
Andrew: “Dad, promise me you won’t take us to another LIFETEEN Mass.”
Me: “I’m curious, Andrew, why do you say that?”
Andrew: “Because, it’s inappropriate for the Mass.”
LEAVING THE MASS FOLLOWING RECEPTION
I’ve taught all my 5 children to remain in Church until the priest exits following Mass. This is the teaching norm of the Church and is the norm for our family. It was with no little hesitation, then, that I brought my family out of Mass on Sunday to pray following reception… But, if the priest were to ask me as we exited, “Will you too leave me?” I think, I would have responded in this way:
“No, Jesus, I’m only going out into the garden to hear your Word…”
EDITORS NOTE: I’ve intentionally avoided here all the many reasons that LIFETEEN is inappropriate for the Mass because I wanted to focus on this experience of the St. Mary’s Mass alone. Click here for further information/comments on the subject from other concerned Catholics dedicated to reform of the reform to learn more about LIFETEEN.
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