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Chrism Mass 2011 – a Sneak Preview

April 19th, 2011, Promulgated by Gen

Chrism Mass 2009 was marred by the flamboyant and bouncing Thomas Warfield. (See here)

Chrism Mass 2010 was marred by the slightly-less-flamboyant Julian Bell. (See here)

So what about the Diocese of Rochester Chrism Mass 2011? Evidently, the Diocese has decided to move away from homosexual African American men, and utilize modestly dressed young ladies. This is, of course, a wonderful improvement, as far as liturgical dance is concerned. However, the degree of improvement would be even more tremendous if the liturgical and musical coordinators at Sacred Heart realized that liturgical dance in such a setting is inapropriate, as per Cardinal Arinze and the documents of Vatican II. In his words, “dance is not a part of the Latin Rite liturgy.”


Of course, the Diocese finds ways to get around the rules. How pathetic is that, that the people in charge of a Diocese and its liturgy act like children disobeying a parent and getting away with it because, “mommy said ‘don’t dance during church’ . . . not before it!” The dance will occur, like last year, before Mass,  in order to “prepare the worship space.” You know what would prepare the worship space better than twirling young women? Putting Our Lord back on His throne, centered prominently for everyone in the cathedral to see, and not just those people graced with seats within view of that side chapel wherein Our Lord is “prominently enthroned” to the side of the sanctuary and in the shadow of the organ.

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14 Responses to “Chrism Mass 2011 – a Sneak Preview”

  1. Bruce says:

    I think the best way to combat this is get everyone together, as many as possible from here as well as those of like-mind elsewhere, and prior to Mass do a loud and very reverent Rosary together. When the prancing and other abuses start up during Mass, drown out the sacrilege with the Rosary, paying zero attention to the dancers, and remaining on your knees. It is a great way to bring back a reverent and REAL preparation for the Mass (the Rosary said among parishioners) as well as disrupt and hopefully derail a terribly stupid practice like “liturgical dance”. Even better would be to commandeer a microphone to lead it. If I lived near Rochester, I would do this.

  2. Dr. K says:

    Are we not allowed to criticize the display because it would be perceived as an attack on the children?

  3. Dr. K says:

    Some past Chrism Masses:

  4. MD says:

    oh joy.

  5. Bruce says:

    I would bring a megaphone and do the Rosary before Mass.

  6. Bernie says:

    “…the Diocese finds ways to get around the rules.”

    Yup, that’s the Rochester diocese. Just like adolescents working hard to get their own way.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Anon 3:18, the devil will enjoy it if you are distracted with the liturgical abuse and forget the real reason your there. Pick your cross up, carry it with joy and do not be distracted by such things as liturgical dancers. There is nothing you can do about it anyway tonight other than to pray silently to yourself while it’s going on rather than bingo in the pews. Jesus will be there.

  8. Bruce says:

    I would print off a HUGE banner with Cardinal Arinze’s words about the abomination of liturgical dance, and hold it up as they prance about.

  9. Ink says:

    Anon 3:18, as much as I love the idea, Anon 7:28 is right. If you’re going to play Bingo, play it while the bishop (or some other prominent Buffalo Road figure) is giving a speech or something. Progressive Lingo Buzzword Bingo. (it rhymes, it must be true!) I can make up some boards for that.

  10. MD says:

    We used to do that with one of my old teachers who routinely made up words throughout his lectures. He was always so confused when somebody would yell BINGO in the middle of class.

  11. MD says:

    Death threats aren’t okay. I don’t really mind the vandalism, though.

  12. Ink says:

    MD: I love that idea, I should pass it on to the juniors at AQ. There’s a teacher who consistently mispronounces words, to the point where it’s become a running joke through the years. Everyone who has ever had this teacher knows all the varying mispronunciations of “assimilate,” “archipelago,” and “saturnalia.”

  13. Gen says:

    Nothing cattier than leaving an unnecessary and sanctimonious comment . . . I don’t think anyone here would *actually* bring a megaphone to Sacred Heart to pray the Rosary. It’s just entertaining to think of hypotheticals, and what better place than a blog? Let’s try and be civil.

  14. Dr. K says:

    I did not attend because this liturgy is annually profaned by liturgical dancers such as the one two years ago who was a Protestant minister that supported gay marriage.

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