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.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ierusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.

Those who truly love the Church, those many who are practically cast out from Holy Jerusalem (or their local parish neighbourhood) because they reject loose play with the Sacred Liturgy, mourn the travails of the present folly, of the descent of cardinals, priests and bishops—supposedly learned men—into liturgical goofiness and theological confusion.

If conversations among decent folk on the internet mean anything, a not insignificant number of Catholics yearn for a return to liturgical sanity, a return to beauty and truth and goodness. The longed-for return of beautiful Liturgy to common experience is, of course, some 40-plus years overdue. In brief, we never should have permitted "experiments" in the wake of the Council, shabby treatments of the Mass, any place in the spiritual life of the Church. Communion in the hand, versus populum "worship", lay ministers of Holy Communion, a loss of the Proper chants (Introit, Offertory and Communion) as well as a loss of the Church's treasure trove of sacred music—these are but a few of the signs of a loss of respect for the patrimony of the Holy Spirit Who inspired men to evangelize and instruct through beautiful, true and good works of art, music, architecture and stained glass, graced works all pointing to and praising the greatest gift known to man: the Holy Eucharist, the source and summit of the Christian life (CCC1324).

As it is, Catholics of the Ordinary Form are malnourished, starved of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit, Who inspires great works of art and the beautiful celebration of the Mass, is ignored, even by those who claim to be "charismatic". Banal music fills the pews of so-called charismatic congregations who, though stunted by quasi-protestant and heterodox "praise and worship" songs, manage to appreciate the need to live as faithful disciples who live the Gospel with integrity and fervour.

We witness day after day an abundance of childish behaviours once again occupying the sanctuary of the Lord. Those who hope for the Ordinary Form to be celebrated as intended by the Council must now admit to a fading springtime. The Reform of the Reform, if not dead, is severely wounded and has stalled. Appreciation for the restoration of the sacred fades among once zealous defenders of the Benedictine arrangement.

Though we are not in Passiontide, the laments of Holy Week echo in the ears of the faithful scandalized by the rejection of the Church's patrimony by clergy of the Roman Rite who celebrate (deform, etc.) the Ordinary Form of the Mass. The rending of garments in sorrow at the sight of now routine brutal attacks on the Mass can barely convey the degree to which hearts are rent in horror over the ongoing destruction of the Lord's Liturgy and refusal, for example, to embrace ad orientem worship and authentic liturgical renewal. Those who bewail the many liturgical and theological abuses now occurring at the hands of corrupt and/or lackadaisical priests are laughed at, are scorned by their peers. The concerns of the faithful are derided by men of conceit.

Our misguided brethren have, again, turned the holy places into pigpens and brothels. A parasite of misery attaches to those who long to pray robed in the beauty of holiness. The Church is in shambles, made more so by the obstinate rejection of the Tradition of the Church and flirtations with heterodoxy.

A false narrative spewed out of the mouths of heretics has given lazy (c)atholics the opportunity to be content with liturgies that, were it not for the validity of the consecration, resemble circuses and sideshows that are more mockeries than living memorials of the Lord's Sacrifice.

So then, let the lamentations begin. Pray the Lord hears our mournful supplications.

Ierusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.

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Book of Jeremiah the Prophet
Lamentations 1

1 How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the cities has become a vassal.

2 She weeps bitterly in the night, tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they have become her enemies.


Setting by Thomas Tallis
Incipit lamentatio Ieremiae prophetae.
ALEPH. Quomodo sedet sola civitas plena populo! Facta est quasi vidua domina gentium; princeps provinciarum facta est sub tributo.
BETH. Plorans ploravit in nocte, et lacrimæ ejus in maxillis ejus: non est qui consoletur eam, ex omnibus caris ejus; omnes amici ejus spreverunt eam, et facti sunt ei inimici.
Ierusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.
(Book of Lamentations 1:1-2)
Here begins the lamentation of Jeremiah the prophet.
ALEPH. How lonely sits the city that was full of people! How like a widow has she become, she that was great among the nations! She that was a princess among the cities has become a vassal.
BETH. She weeps bitterly in the night, tears on her cheeks; among all her lovers she has none to comfort her; all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they have become her enemies.
Jerusalem, turn again to the Lord your God.
The Lamentations continue.

3 Judah has gone into exile because of affliction and hard servitude; she dwells now among the nations, but finds no resting place; her pursuers have all overtaken her in the midst of her distress.

4 The roads to Zion mourn, for none come to the appointed feasts; all her gates are desolate, her priests groan; her maidens have been dragged away, and she herself suffers bitterly.

5 Her foes have become the head, her enemies prosper, because the Lord has made her suffer for the multitude of her transgressions; her children have gone away, captives before the foe.

6 From the daughter of Zion has departed all her majesty. Her princes have become like harts that find no pasture; they fled without strength before the pursuer.

7 Jerusalem remembers in the days of her affliction and bitterness all the precious things that were hers from days of old. When her people fell into the hand of the foe, and there was none to help her, the foe gloated over her, mocking at her downfall.

8 Jerusalem sinned grievously, therefore she became filthy; all who honored her despise her, for they have seen her nakedness; yea, she herself groans, and turns her face away.

9 Her uncleanness was in her skirts; she took no thought of her doom; therefore her fall is terrible, she has no comforter. “O Lord, behold my affliction, for the enemy has triumphed!”

10 The enemy has stretched out his hands over all her precious things; yea, she has seen the nations invade her sanctuary, those whom thou didst forbid to enter thy congregation.

12 “Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? Look and see if there is any sorrow like my sorrow which was brought upon me, which the Lord inflicted on the day of his fierce anger.

16 “For these things I weep; my eyes flow with tears; for a comforter is far from me, one to revive my courage; my children are desolate, for the enemy has prevailed.”

17 Zion stretches out her hands, but there is none to comfort her; the Lord has commanded against Jacob that his neighbors should be his foes; Jerusalem has become a filthy thing among them.

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