(Quote) Bernard-2709 said:
What form of Mass is this that the then Archbishop is saying?Fast forward to the 7 minute mark an...
(Quote) Bernard-2709 said:
What form of Mass is this that the then Archbishop is saying?Fast forward to the 7 minute mark and watch.A puppet Mass? I know someone will defend this,but it boggles the mind.I hope it's not a sign of things to come.So far his Papal Masses have been good,unlike this when no one was watching.mundabor.wordpress.com
Hi, Bernie! I know it is mind-boggling for some, but for me, it's a cultural thing. I often think that the survival of Catholicism may depend on a better understanding of both the interconnectedness and diversity of people. Afterall, Catholicism is not just for the Western culture and it does mean “universal”.
Drawn from the passage of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, in which are given the norms for adaptation of the liturgy to the character and the traditions of the various peoples:
“In matters which do not affect the faith or the well-being of an entire community, the Church does not wish, even in the Liturgy, to impose a rigid uniformity; on the contrary, she respects and fosters the genius and talents of various races and people. Whatever in their way of life is not indissolubly bound up with superstition and error, she looks upon with benevolence and if possible keeps it intact, and sometimes even admits it into the Liturgy provided it accords with the genuine and authentic liturgical spirit.”
“There is a great difference in cultures: what is well received in one culture cannot be taken on by another culture. Concretely: there are cultures in which this is possible insofar as dancing is still reflective of religious values and becomes a clear manifestation of them. Such is the case of the Ethiopians. In their culture, even today, there is the religious ritualized dance, clearly distinct from the martial dance and from the amorous dance. The ritual dance is performed by priests and levites before beginning a ceremony and in the open are in front of the church. The dance accompanies the chanting of psalms during the procession. When the procession enters the church, then the chanting of the psalms is carried out with and accompanied by bodily movement. The same thing is found in the Syriac liturgy by means of chanting of psalms. In the Byzantine Liturgy, there is an extremely simplified dance on the occasion of a wedding when the crowned spouses make a circular revolution around the lectern together with the celebrant. Such is the case of the Israelites: in the synagogue their prayer is accompanied by a continuous movement to recall the precept from tradition: “When you pray, do so with all your heart, and all your bones.”