Friday, November 13, 2009

For Pastoral Reasons

Some people can be so cruel.
I was sent these photographs by Clare B*w*k*l*, she is responsible for the graffiti. They are from our Solemn Requiem on All Souls Day. Small children and nervous pets would have no problem with the first image but the second is terrifying. Isn't the face on that, a good arguement for Mass celebrated ad Orientem. With this paricular priest there are obviously pastoral reasons why it is a must. The Holy See really should intervene, there should be petitions of the faithful that this particular marionette should either be kept in his box or forbidden ever to turn to the faithful.
Yet is he alone? Are there not dozens of priests with two sides of which the obverse, or even backside, is far, far preferrable to the front? Think of those with a nervous disposition, beg the Holy Father today!

17 comments:

Mac McLernon said...

ROTFL !

Actually, I found the "smoke rings" around your head rather more disturbing...

But, on a more serious note, yes, Mass celebrated ad orientem is so much more reverent - the priest's personality is forced off centre-stage, and he becomes our mediator, truly the alter christus (I probably spelled that incorrectly, but I'm sure you know what I mean!!

gemoftheocean said...

Oh, Father, c'mon now -- you're not even wearing a clown nose, and I hate to say it, but Clark Gable wouldn't have had to worry about losing a part to you.

It's the "average looking" guys that have the least to worry about.

Somewhere between "Father Quasimodo" and "Father What-a-waste" is the most fortuitious.

"Mass Face" is kind of like "game face" i.e. "All business" so you're really okay, then. Not to worry!

gemoftheocean said...

(and CB -- photoshop a ciggie in next time!!!)

Victoria said...

So this woman came to Mass, took the picture, scratched some words on it and then sent it to you!! How odd!!

Steven said...

Matthew 5:11

shadowlands said...

I see a fearfully and wonderfully made face, and a head that has every single hair on it preciously numbered.


Anyway, just think, as you continue to be transformed into His Image, you will one day be made a Saint, and all these fotos will be like gold dust then.

I thought the smoke rings were a halo!

Catholic Mom of 10 said...

Well more & more I'm of the opinion that a validly celebrated Mass is more important to me. Naturally all the Oratory Masses apart from the school are ad orientem..but I've been going also to a nearby Church..very holy priests & the Mass was so devout & reverent I actually didn't notice the priests faces..so I haven't personally got a problem with it. I love the Holy Father's Masses facing the people..but perhaps he's better looking than you Fr Ray!

Malcolm Kemp said...

Surely this is so much better than those irritating clergy who conduct services with inane, supercilious grins on their faces the whole time, trying to look happy and ending up just looking silly and slightly retarded?

There is - or perhaps more accurately used to be - a certain brand of Anglo Catholicism insisting that Sacred Ministers at Mass - especially High Mass - should look bored and aloof the whole time. Perhaps in reality both extremes are equally silly. I am happy with the Celebrant facing in either direction but, given a choice I prefer him to be facing east. Invariably the furniture arrangements necessary for Mass facing the people make the church look a total mess, especially when there is an unused, beautiful High Altar sanctuary in the background.

You know as well as I do that Clare meant this as a joke and it should be taken as such by everyone!!!

Richard said...

Reminds me of Dave Allen playing a priest; he often used to do funeral sketches.

Someone in the parish, check tomorrow that Father has all his fingers.

Catholic Voice said...

However forbidding your face may be Father, it is not as awful as the sight of the skimpy outline of the front of a "Roman" chasuble.

Ottaviani said...

All those kiddies may be scared off Father! I shall write at once to the CDW to give you an indult to celebrate mass vesus Deum exclusively!

Annie said...

LOL!

Fr Richard Biggerstaff said...

I've seen that serious face when you're looking over a menu!

gemoftheocean said...

Victoria -- only your really good friends make a point of stepping on your brand new white tennis shoes.

Ben said...

Are you trying to lure 'the Cardinal' to comment on your blog? I don't think his 'eminence' would dare to confront you face to grim face. He prefers to make snide comments about the clergy behind their backs. Come to think of it, I'm surprised he doesn't favour a orientem celebration for that very reason ...

Crux Fidelis said...

Reminds me of the old woman who said to her PP "I prefer the old Mass, Father. You know, the one where we couldn't see your face."

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Hahahaha, funny...

But I love Ad Orientem, and if God willing I'm able to make it to England, I'd love to be at the Masses