Sunday, September 8, 2013

The Traditional Latin Mass and Our Miserable Selves

Today was the first Low Mass on campus in Christ the King Chapel for the school year. I served along with another student for Fr. Larson of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception who lives at the house here in Steubenville, and assists the TOR friars from time-to-time.

It was beautiful. I know CTK is an acoustical nightmare because it has carpet and sound tiles. The propers and Gospels are especially important to hear in the back. (Heavens, I struggle to hear priests at the pulpit...)

This kinda sums up the week, and many of my thoughts on the usus antiquior. It started at the Low Mass in town at St. Peter's, where the assistant pastor said that an older priest would often give Holy Communion this way: "The Body of Christ, (name)." But sometimes, your name was, "you miserable wretch." All those humiliations and upsets remind me that in the Rosary, we as individuals pray for ourselves as we pray "for those in most need of Thy mercy."

Yes, how can one have any lack of belief when the formula for Holy Communion, given with the sign of the Cross made with the host is, translated, "May the Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ preserve your soul unto everlasting life. Amen." It is profoundly obvious that Christ the King, Lord of Heaven and Earth is present body and blood, soul and divinity and that we ought to give him reverence. Hence we receive him on the tongue, kneeling.

One shouldn't have these doubts in the Ordinary Form either. But that's another discussion. :)

By the way, as a server, I see everyone's tongues. Big, small, etc. And I realize I look incredibly stupid too. But then, we must look stupid in front of Jesus. Peter responded, "I love you," twice, but not with agape as Our Lord had actually asked. But the third time, Our Lord lowers the level a bit, and Peter responds.

Our Lord perfects our nature via grace, fat tongues and all. And he does it freely. We are called to love in imitation of His perfect love. We will fail, perhaps more often than not. But we must never lose sight of perfection. The traditional Latin Mass never distracts from this purpose.

May God have mercy on all of us miserable wretches. And please pray for the restoration of the liturgy in the universal Church.

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