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What will we experience this week at Mass?

March 3rd, 2014, Promulgated by Bernie

This from last week’s bulletin of one of our local Catholic churches. It is part of a front page article on how the liturgy for Lent will offer some new experiences:

What will we experience this week at Mass:

Art and Environment: our “Ordinary Time” green will give way to purple. Purple represents the penitential and preparatory nature of the season it signifies solemnity and has a connotation of not only penance but royalty. You will notice that there are no flowers or plants in our sanctuaries. This is to reflect the starkness of the season and anticipates the new life we will see at Easter. (So far, so good.)

(Then, this.) We will also see vessels in fragments in front of our altars. Like our growth takes place in pieces and fragments, amazing change happens when we begin to experience these fragments and pieces coming together in a new way. We will also see twisted kiwi branches acknowledging the twists and turns that occur while change is taking place.

I hope the liturgy committee will clean up it’s mess after playing.

 

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8 Responses to “What will we experience this week at Mass?”

  1. avatar gaudium says:

    Beautiful Mass but the tinkling fountain, numerous jars of sand and rocks, and gnarly branches really added nothing. Oh well.

  2. avatar flowerchild says:

    Completely unnecessary.
    My grandson wanted to know why they “left the mess on the floor.”

  3. avatar militia says:

    The plastic flowers have now been replaced by plastic cacti, empty holy water fountains but a loud continuously running water fountain during all of Mass, and rocks. I don’t mind the rocks; they are natural. But what I really mind is the running water fountain, in a church that has no bathroom.

  4. avatar y2kscotty says:

    Ah, militia, your last sentence is funny!

  5. avatar gaudium says:

    What’s the point of emptying the holy water founts? A desert experience? Then why the tinkling fountain?

  6. avatar Scott W. says:

    What’s the point of emptying the holy water founts? A desert experience?

    Exactly. Which is why sometimes they fill the fonts with sand. There is a CDW document against the practice: http://www.ewtn.com/expert/answers/holy_water_fonts_and_lent.htm
    Unfortunately, it is only a private letter, so that even though the arguments are airtight, the obstinate can claim it has no authority.

  7. avatar gaudium says:

    So the gently tinkling fountain is a deSSert experience?

  8. avatar Scott W. says:

    So the gently tinkling fountain is a deSSert experience?

    Heh. Beats me. In this age of liturgical chaos and collapse, I can’t keep up with the schizophrenia anymore. It’s a product of reducing sacramentals to mere symbols coupled with a view that Christian symbols can be manipulated at whim. Stagecraft instead of worship.

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