I find it amazing that so little, possibly no consultation took place to change the calendar with these Holy Days, no catechetical material was issued, or any real explanation given, and yet when it comes to changing the words of consecration from "for all" to "for many", we have to be catechised, the same with the new Mass texts, but a few years ago with the change from "for all men" to "for all", nothing was said. Interesting?
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Today is Corpus Christi
Another Sunday that has become a feast day, I wish the Bishop's had bothered to read the Holy Father's book, Spirit of the Liturgy, in which he writes about the sanctification of time. In the Bible the sun and moon and stars are made to mark feasts, not the feast to fit in with calendar, it is a reminder that man is part of the cosmos. Their Lordships seem almost to want to make religion a one in seven, Sundays only experience. This is incredible damaging to the sense of religion breaking in to our ordinary time. I find it of interest that the statistics for weekday attendance at Mass are never officially recorded anywhere in the England and Wales.
I do regret the disconnection with Corpus Christi and Holy Thursday and therefore Thursday as being the day if the Eucharist, another act of desacralisation.
On a parish level it is sad that our school has another excuse to get on with the ordinary life of the school rather than come to Mass. I find it incredibly sad, as the majority of our children are never brought to Mass on Sundays, and now we have lost two opportunies of giving them the experience of Mass this term. It is noticeable that the less they come to Mass, the less well behaved they are in Church, it becomes, here at least, another step to the secularisation of our parish school.
...And yes, I have asked that they should come to Mass during the week.
I have wanted to organise a Corpus Christi procession, epecially in the light of the recent Roman documents, it is impossible on a Sunday, the streets are crowded with shoppers, the Polish community have Mass immediately after our main Mass. In the past we have had Exposition all day on Corpus Christi, again that has become much more difficult on a Sunday.
It is all a bit like champagne and caviar every Sunday now, I am a bit sick of it, it ceases to be special, three great feasts all in a row. I really am looking forward to a simple ordinary Sunday next week. The following week it is back to the champagne and caviar with First Communion Sunday, then in this diocese, more, on what should be the 12th Sunday it is the Dedication of the Cathedral.
Posted by Fr Ray Blake