I’m jealous. I’ve always been jealous.
Ever since I was a kid I always thought it was super cool that all my Jewish friends got to learn Hebrew for their religion.
I used to think to myself “I wish Christianity had a cool other language I could learn.”
Little did I know…
I remember when I was in CCD, a Priest was explaining to us why we use the bells at Mass during consecration. He was talking about how before (which sounded like it was ages ago) the Mass was in Latin and the impression that I got was that the Latin Mass was boring, people didn’t like it, and it was plain bad. So the bells were used to make people realize that the consecration was happening and the tradition stayed.
What I don’t understand is why the people in the Church want to break the ties between the Extraordinary Form and the Ordinary Form?
The Ordinary Form needs to be rooted in the Extraordinary Form.
So why not incorporate Latin? Why not have Latin be part of the Catechesis for CCD, RCIA, and Catholic Schools? Why not have the Priest face ad orientem? Why not Chant the Mass? Why not Kneel before The God Almighty while receiving His Flesh? Why not use incense every Sunday?
I guess the point I’m trying to make is—Why not make the Mass what it’s suppose to be? The Church has never done away with anything mentioned above. We have replaced drawing people in with beauty to drawing people in with entertainment. Instead of having a congregation looking up towards Heaven in awe of its Majesty as it comes down to meet Earth, we have a congregation looking at each other asking themselves if they “feel” anything.
Am I over generalizing? Maybe, but you won’t believe how many people I’ve talked to from my Catholic High School, who no longer go to Mass, or go sparingly, because they don’t “feel anything,” or see why it’s important.
For the longest time I had no idea why Mass even existed. Even when I came to love the Eucharist, I didn’t understand why Mass was the way it was. “Oh Mass is just so Jesus becomes bread and we can eat Him.” I had no idea it was Christ being re-presented to the Father on the Cross. I had no idea the Priest was acting as Christ in the Sacrifice. I had no idea it was a Sacrifice to begin with.
The Mass is suppose to be something mysterious, supernatural, and beautiful. If we include things that make us feel comfortable then it no longer becomes mysterious, supernatural, and beautiful. It just becomes casual.