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In Case You Missed the African Mass

October 19th, 2009, Promulgated by Dr. K

The Catholic Courier captured some photographs to let you see all the fun you missed:

Still waiting for the first Latin Mass to be offered at the Cathedral…

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9 Responses to “In Case You Missed the African Mass”

  1. avatar Anonymous says:

    Dang!

    Maybe next year I'll make it to this mockery of the Lord's Mass.

  2. avatar gretchen says:

    Why is there an African Mass? (Will it be followed up by an Asian Mass, a European Mass, then an Antarctican Mass?)

  3. Gretchen hit a good point. How many different types of liturgies will we have to appeal to what should be (and is) the Catholic Church. Logically it follows that if the church is one it should have one liturgy throughout the world, with one language that unites us. An African sister I know suggests to go back to Latin in the Tridentine Rite. She affirms that everyone, everywhere would attend the same type of Mass. She thought it all made a great amount of common sense (which is not so common). I totally agreed.

    She is young and doesn't remember the Latin Mass, but she knew about it and from her maturity thinks now that the church suffered a great loss after the Vatican Council. Common faith; common language. I'm sure you all get her point. She is back in Tanzania now and a major proponent of the TLM.

  4. avatar Gen says:

    I know. If they're going to do theme Masses, they should seek to reach out to every group, not just the tribal, gay, or whatever else they have.

    I don't even think that there's been an "Irish" or "German" Mass at Sacred Heart. However, I think there's a German Mass (not a theme Mass) at St. Michael's sometime soon.

  5. avatar Anonymous says:

    And when they have the German Mass at St. Michael's, I bet there won't be traditional German dress, bottles of beer everywhere, and people dancing with feathers in their hair to accordion music. One can have Mass in the language of the people without infesting the liturgy with cultural cliches and ethnic stereotypes.

  6. avatar gretchen says:

    The German Mass at St. Michael's was this past Sunday at 4:00. Fr. Win Kellner presides at the German Masses. He's pretty no-nonsense, so ixnay on the eerbay… (Although he might join you for one at dinner after Mass!)

  7. avatar Anonymous says:

    I found it to be a beautiful liturgy. Pope John Paul II presided at a similar liturgy which included the richness of the African culture in worshipping God. Nothing wrong with that. Unless the soon to be sainted pontiff was a liturgical heretic or something – I think not.

  8. avatar Sed says:

    It was "beautiful" because the whole thing was choreographed like a Garth Fagan performance!

    Liturgical dancing does not belong in our churches, I'm sorry, but that's from the Vatican.

  9. I found it to be a beautiful liturgy. Pope John Paul II presided at a similar liturgy which included the richness of the African culture in worshipping God. Nothing wrong with that. Unless the soon to be sainted pontiff was a liturgical heretic or something – I think not.

    To the extent Pope John Paul II "presided" over such liturgies, it was a function of subsidiarity. They were organized by others under the purview of the local ordinary, to whom he deferred. If you can show us a similar Mass in St. Peter's, you may have a point.

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