The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and tell them to prepare themselves today and tomorrow. Let them wash their clothing and hold themselves in readiness for the third day, because on the third day the Lord will descend on the mountain of Sinai in the sight of all the people.’—Exodus 19
The Penitential Act prepares us to hear the word of God.
The Gloria is like a creed. We acknowledge Who God is. The great hymn of praise is, in a nutshell, a compendium of Who God is. We praise, adore, bless and give thanks to the One True God.
Christ speaks in and through Holy Scripture. Christ speaks in and through the priest who reads the Gospel. Hearing the Gospel purifies our hearts, elevates our minds, disposes us to God's grace.
The word of God prepares us to receive the Word of God Himself, the Holy Eucharist.
The Offertory. We offer ourselves and pray that our offering, our sacrifices, may be acceptable to God. We pray that our sorrows and joys may be grafted to the one Sacrifice of Christ, the Sacrifice of Calvary, that is about to be made present on the altar.
The Holy Eucharist, Christ's very Presence, fills our souls with the life of God and the grace to go forth and announce the Gospel for the sake of the salvation of the world.
White Rabbit: I'm late. I'm late for a very important date. No time to say "Hello, Goodbye". I'm late, I'm late, I'm late.
Knock knock,... I'm home!
Penitential Act B of the Mass (Ordinary Form)
Priest: Have mercy on us, O Lord.
People: For we have sinned against you.
Priest: Show us, O Lord, your mercy.
People: And grant us your salvation.
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
We seem to have regressed somewhat to former undesirable practices and invented a whole new class of abuses. People arrive to Mass at or after the Gospel, stay long enough to receive the Host, then immediately leave. If that activity is symptomatic of the kind of communion one has with the Lord God and His Church, one can only imagine the shallowness of the relationship one has with one's spouse and children.
I fought the law and the liturgical law won.
Liturgical laws or norms are intended to do so much more. They are like microscopes or magnifying glasses which train our eyes to focus on details which deepen our participation in the beauty, truth and goodness of God. Rubrics are like hearing aids which help us hear the Word speaking in and through the ritual gestures that are the stunning jewelry of the Mass. The liturgical norms are like filters that marginalize distractions which obscure or impede the People of God from receiving and handing on the Apostolic Faith, the lex orandi, lex credendi of the Church.
Vatican II did away with rubrics!
Rubbish! Poppycock! Vatican II did no such thing.
Judas received the Holy Eucharist. When his betrayal was complete, he hung himself in shame. Though we cannot say for certain he is in hell, Judas' actions certainly put his soul in danger of hell. People should be informed as to the serious consequences which occur upon the unworthy reception of the Holy Eucharist.
Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord. Let a man examine himself, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For any one who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment upon himself. That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. But if we judged ourselves truly, we should not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are chastened so that we may not be condemned along with the world.—St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 11:27-32.