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Cheapening Mass by Peter Kwasniewski

April 3rd, 2019, Promulgated by Hopefull

Excerpts from:

“Why Mass is cheapened when human elements like socializing are emphasized”

 by Peter Kwasniewski

March 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – “The liturgy of the Church has for its primary aim to honor and glorify God, and … to sanctify our souls, leading us to an ever deeper intimacy with Jesus Christ …”

“It is good and fitting for us to pray to God as a people and to be conscious of our neighbors as fellow citizens of the household of God. ”

“…we must make sure that our grasp of the meaning of community is sufficiently in tune with the real nature of the Church.”

“… Reverence, solemnity, and majesty belong to worship precisely because it is no mere human gathering, but a momentary opening up of our world to the life and grace of the heavenly Jerusalem  ….  It is not just “our” worship, the action of this particular local community; it always has a cosmic, universal, transtemporal dimension to it.”

“The liturgy in itself is not—and will only be cheapened if it becomes—a gathering for waving to your neighbor, exchanging news, shaking hands, “dialoguing” with an improvisatory priest, or the like. This sort of thing may have its rightful place before and after Mass and outside of the place of worship, but it is certainly not of the essence of the thing, and more often than not it is a serious impediment to participating in the mysteries of the liturgy….”

“The experience of community proper to the liturgy is an experience of common adoration, all faces, all hearts turned towards the sanctuary, … when we most forget ourselves and our neighbors in our intense concentration on the Mass….”

“The words one speaks should be a response to something one has had opportunity to hear in the silence of the soul; the songs one sings should enrich and instruct rather than fill up gaps in time or give one ‘something to do.’”

“…  there should be much space for silence, for meditative reflection… it would be an easy and vast improvement if we could have a quiet church before Mass, a holy stillness during the Canon, and an atmosphere of peace after Mass for those who wish to linger in their thanksgiving (with the celebrant setting the example). Sitting still for five minutes with one’s mind on God requires and fosters more spiritual maturity than singing for an hour.”

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2 Responses to “Cheapening Mass by Peter Kwasniewski”

  1. avatar Diane Harris says:

    I have to keep reminding myself that when I interrupt someone at prayer, either by the noise I make or by speaking to the person praying, that I am also — at the very same time — interrupting the Person with Whom the pray-er is engaged.

  2. avatar christian says:

    I like your assertion -interrupting a person in prayer is both interrupting that person and “the Person with Whom the pray-er is engaged.”

    I try to discourage ongoing whispering before, during, or directly after Mass or another type Service. This is true when people are whispering very low to me. But the whispering is more difficult to manage when people have a hearing issue and think they are whispering in church, but can be heard fairly loudly. They then want the person they have questioned to speak loud enough for them to hear, and continue to relay in a loud manner that they haven’t been able to hear the answer, thinking they are talking low, essentially asking you to speak loud enough so they can hear you. I have encountered some incidents of this and have usually responded with a facial and hand gesture requesting them to stop, especially when they have continued to respond that they couldn’t hear my answer. I have implied not now, but later, but I feel somewhat bad because I have received perplexed, hurt looks. (I probably should carry paper and pen to communicate in answering one to two brief questions).

    We have to pray that clergy, religious, and laity do not lose sight of the Divine, and particularly, do not lose their faith in God.

    In some parishes where human secularism appears to thrive along with social justice, I wonder if the pastor has faith in God, or has lost their faith in God and Jesus Christ is a mere heroic person and philosophy on how to live your life. I attended Mass at one parish on the first Sunday of Advent where after the readings relayed the first and second coming of our Lord, how we are to prepare ourselves, but also look forward with joyful hope, -the priest pastor gave an entire homily on the theme “Nobody’s Coming!” The intended message was that we weren’t supposed to look forward to the coming of a savior, we were supposed to work on getting our act together ourselves. His message did not come across as one with Christian hope; it appeared to come from an atheist mindset. I believe in the Holy Trinity and the first and second coming of Christ, yet I was left in a downcast, depressed state. I wonder what his effect is on his regular parishioners.
    If one does not believe in the Divine and His Presence at the Holy Mass, they won’t be concerned with showing reverence to God before, during, or after Mass, and they won’t be concerned with showing consideration to those engaged in prayer with Him.

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