We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Bishop Lopes: A Pledged Troth. A pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Missa Papa Razzi

Are papal Masses becoming a cell phone circus? Some would say 'yes' and 'where have you been during the last two papacies?'

The photos below were captured from the Papal Mass at Madison Square Garden. Apologies for the blurriness, but you get the idea.

Yep—those are priests and prelates "snapping" away at the Pontiff. The image of the Armenians (?) with smartphones in hand, in the sanctuary no less, would be amusing were it not for the fact said men are in the sanctuary during Holy Mass. Thank the Lord many priests and deacons had the good sense not to participate in the peculiar rite of passage to which the Pontiff was subject.

Yes, technically speaking the processions are outside of the Mass. However, people persisted in taking photos throughout the Mass. The day I witness Monsignor Guido Marini taking pics of the Pontiff during Mass is the day I say good-bye to the Ordinary Form and all televised Masses.

I must say, when the congregation launched into a prolonged standing ovation for Papa Francisco, he handled it well, with a seemingly polite acquiescence only once articulated with a warm smile, from what could be seen from the various camera angles.

And, except for the occasional drift among members of the choir (likely due to following the acoustic instead of the conductor) which resulted in a pronounced rhythmic wobble at times, the music was well presented. The inclusion of Latin plainchant was appreciated. The cantor and deacon (Gospel) handled their respective roles well. The Mass, as a whole, demonstrated a concern for continuity by ensuring the music of the Mass was presented and that the Preface Dialogue and the Eucharistic Prayer were said/prayed in Latin, the language of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church.

Click on the images (captured from the CTV feed) to enlarge.






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