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Archbishop Sample’s homily at the pontifical high Mass- why the traditional rites? A MUST-watch video.
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The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
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look at the canonical note on the second image. That was something I didn’t know until a few years ago.
Mass is not a lesson or a class, or a primary form for the exchange of information. The primary point (of Mass) is not to understand it for the information conveyed. The primary point is to be present with your heart and soul just as Our Lady, St. Mary and St. John were present at the foot of the cross.
From Wikipedia and the New Oxford American Dictionary
An abbey is the building or buildings occupied by a community of monks or nuns. A monastery is a community of persons, esp. monks or nuns, living under religious vows, or, the place of residence occupied by such persons.
A convent is either a community of priests, religious brothers, religious sisters, or nuns, or the building used by the community […] The terms “convent” or “nunnery" almost invariably refers to a community of women in modern English usage (from 18th century), while "monastery”, “priory" or "friary" is used for men; but in historical usage they are often interchangeable.
Technically, a “monastery" or "nunnery" is a community of monastics, whereas a "convent" is a community of mendicants (“friary” specifying a male community specifically), and a “canonry" a community of canons regular. The terms “abbey" and "priory" can be applied to both monasteries and canonries and distinguish those headed by an Abbot from the lesser dependent houses headed by a Prior.
A cenobite is a member of a monastic community. A prior is next in rank below an abbot. A friar is a member of a mendicant order. Mendicant orders are religious orders which depend directly on charity for their livelihood.
Canons Regular are priests living in community under the Rule of St. Augustine (“regula” in Latin), and sharing their property in common. Distinct from monks, who live a cloistered, contemplative life and sometimes engage in ministry to those from outside the monastery, the purpose of the life of a canon is to engage in public ministry of liturgy and sacraments for those who visit their churches (historically the monastic life was by its nature lay, whereas canonical life was essentially clerical). Distinct from Clerks Regular (Regular Clerics)—an example of which is the Society of Jesus—they are members of a particular community of a particular place, and are bound to the public praying of the Liturgy of the Hours in choir. … Secular canons, by contrast, belong to a community of priests attached to a church but do not take vows or live in common under a Rule. … The Canons Regular (usually following the Rule of Augustine, and hence called Augustinians Canons) are not to be confused with the Order of Saint Augustine which was to begin as a completely distinct entity via papal edicts of the year 1256.
The Eastern, Oriental, and Western churches have an segment during the Anaphora called the Sursum Corda.
The phrase “Sursum Corda” is Latin for “Lift up your hearts”, literally translated to “Up (the) hearts” or “Hearts lifted”.
We see the Sursum Corda in the Latin Rite as follows:
The full text in Latin is:
Priest: Dominus vobiscum.
People: Et cum spiritu tuo.
Priest: Sursum corda.
People: Habemus ad Dominum.
Priest: Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.
People: Dignum et iustum est.
The English translation, as contained in the Third Edition of the Roman Missal, reads as follows:
Priest: The LORD be with you.
People: And with your spirit.
Priest: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up to the LORD.
Priest: Let us give thanks to the LORD our God.
People: It is right and just.
We see the Sursum Corda in the Syrian Orthodox, Malankara Orthodox, and Malankara Catholic liturgies (Liturgy of St. James) during the Anaphora as follows:
(The celebrant, placing his left hand on the altar, turns toward the people and blesses them, saying:) The love of God the Father +, the grace of the Only-begotten Son + and the fellowship and descent of the Holy Spirit + be with you all, my brethren, forever.
People: Amen. And with your spirit.
(The celebrant, extending and elevating his hands, says aloud:) Upward, where Christ sits on the right hand of God the Father, let our thoughts, minds and hearts be at this hour.
People: They are with the LORD God.
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the LORD in awe.
People: It is meet and right.
SARSUM CORDA (Lift ye up)
Priest:- Up above where Christ sits………..
People:- With the Lord God are they, (our minds and our intellect and our hearts)
Priest:- Let us praise the Lord with reverence.
People:- Meet it is and right to do so.
Priest:- (Prays silently with waving of hands)
TERSANCTUS (Thrice Holy)
Priest:- (Prays aloud with hands outstretched)
People:- Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, by whose glory the heaven and the earth are filled, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He who has come, and is to come in the name of the Lord God, Glory be to Him in the highest.
(Priest prays silently with waving of hands)
How did I come into this knowledge of what the Sursum Corda is?
St. Mathew 6:21 says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
When I read this tonight I heard an echo of what I hear during every mass I have attended:
“Lift up your hearts unto the Lord”.
We reply either confidently or as if just going through the motions,
“We lift them (minds, intellect, and hearts) unto the Lord”.
We then hear,
“Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God, in awe and reverence”.
“It is right and just”.
We hear the priest reply to us
“It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation always and everywhere to give you thanks Lord…”
[More or less similar wordings]
This part of the liturgy is our absolute surrender to God. It is us – giving our souls, our hearts, our intellect, our minds, our everything to God. It is us – coming to our Creator and saying “Here I am, Lord; Your servant is here” with the uttermost respect.
And to think that I was doing this right…with that little flicker of awe and act of solemnity.
See, you only surrender your heart to where your treasure is. And not just part of your treasure, but your everything. Your entire life’s worth. A treasure that is so divine and rich, you know your imagination cannot comprehend it. See, you only surrender, when you are absolutely certain nothing else matters compared to that treasure.
Now, I have awe and reverence when it comes to God, but to say that nothing else in my life matters – comm’n … that’s asking for quite a lot – right?
But see, nothing in my life would have even had a potential for existence (and thus have mattered) be it not for this Treasure (God).
The greatest treasure we have – is something that we all have access to: the source of all the treasures in the world. When we come into the presence of this Treasure, we tremble with awe and reverence naturally.
Oh boy….oh boy…
We see that Christ continues to preach in Gospel of St. Mathew that we cannot serve two masters. We cannot serve the source of the treasure – the Creator – and serve His creation. We need to pick one.
We can, however, serve the Creator, while serving His creation – by keeping the Creator first and foremost. By this I mean that God is love, and by serving God, we reflect His love upon all of His creation. This does not necessarily mean service, but acts of love. [Thus, maybe – the word “service” itself is a misnomer when it comes to serving the people.]
All this being said, we will not be able to put God first, if we are carrying other treasures in our hearts – and these can be not only good, but also very great and awesome treasures – such as family, friends, ideals, etc. If we are carrying any treasure other than God, without God – we are not surrendering. We are reciting the Sursum Corda in vain.
But – when we carry God in our hearts, minds, intellect – in our very soul; When unconditionally surrender to Him; When we make Him our ultimate treasure, all of our other treasures (family, friends, ideals, etc.) will be carried in Him. Thus, by making God our treasure – (as bad as it maybe to say this in this context) we are killing two birds with one stone.
I pray that we can truly lift up our hearts unto the Lord. I pray that our hearts will be with the Lord, because our hearts are where our treasures are.
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