Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional  

Homilies

 

 

31 July 2016
posted by Canon Dakin on 03-08-2016

A couple of weeks ago a cardinal came from Rome to England to address a group who are devoted to the retention of the old Latin Mass. Naturally they had chosen to invite him because they knew that he was sympathetic. The remark which caused a stir was his advice to all priests that from the first Sunday of Advent this year they should recite the Eucharistic Prayer standing with their backs to the people in order to face the conventional East where the rising sun is a symbol of Our Lord rising from the dead. The free-standing altar, with the priest facing the people, is regarded by many as a new-fangled invention. That is a light reading of history.  Many of you have been to             St Peter’s in Rome and, perhaps, attended when the Pope has been celebrating Mass. He doesn’t face the wall. He faces the people. The priest is the host, playing the part of Christ. You don’t turn your back on your guests. There is a cluster of fourth century churches in Rome, all with the chair back centre from where the priest simply walks forward to face the people across the altar.  That was the ground plan of churches in the West for a thousand years.  So after a thousand years how was it that the altar was dragged back against the wall and the chair was slewed to the side?  Relics! It was the popularity of relics that prompted the change round about the thirteenth cent.. At first the altar was not set right against the wall.  It was separated from the wall by a wooden shelf. The relics were placed on the shelf and people would get as close to them as they could by walking under the shelf along the gap between the altar and the wall.  Later the shelf was eliminated and shelves called gradines, were placed on the altar itself.

The next step was taken by the Bishop of Verona in the 16th century. The most precious relic we have, he said, is the Blessed Sacrament and he placedthe tabernacle in thecentreof the high altar.  Rome was not persuaded. There the tabernacle remained in its own chapel as a place of quiet contemplation away from the centre of action. So the design of a church after Vatican II is not a new revolution - it represents an age-old unbroken tradition. When the cardinal got back to Rome he was called to see Pope Francis and it was made clear that what he had said in London was his own private opinion and not the view of the Church. So don’t expect me to be turning my back on you. The focus of our celebration, to which we all turn, is not some vague symbol but the living person of the risen Christ whobecomes present in our midst on the altar. 

Comments
from David Cyryl posted on 19-08-2017

 

This article helped me to find out about the episodes that happened Rome and England amid the long time past days. I am extremely intrigued to peruse the articles that you share through this site. Cheap Dissertation Writing Services

 

from rosesandra posted on 09-08-2017

 

Help yourself and hire the professional services that we offer to our customers. Opportunity never knocks at your door twice, therefore, stop thinking – Get yourself out of the trouble and relax as it is our responsibility to complete the work in time. essay writing service

 

from kate john posted on 10-05-2017

 

I was very interested in the article. It’s help with essay quite inspiring I should admit.

 

from The good moving posted on 19-02-2017

 

The good moving company has its own especially designed goods carriers and moving trucks for safe vehicles of goods from one location to another. aussieessay.org A good company has its own necessary equipments for easy packing, loading, unloading and undoing of goods.

 

from showbox app posted on 17-02-2017

 

Download the latest showbox app for Android! Showbox is a free app that allows users to download or stream the latest tv shows, movies.

 

from Neil Jakson posted on 03-02-2017

 

This is really a very nice blog post by the writer. I really like it as it consisted of the wonderful information about the topic.
Coursework Writing Services

 

from susan betcher posted on 16-01-2017

 

Attending Sunday mas s is very relieving for most Christians. It is like a part of their life style, best lip moisturizer and they feel it is something good to keep their religious values. It was very informative to read about the custom and rituals at your place.

 

from robertss posted on 30-11-2016

 

Although women adulation Coach handbags, they aswell adulation added Replica Handbags as able-bodied and consistently seek agency to save on a amount of handbags so that conceivably they can buy not one but two handbags or even three to fit their apparel and to attending beginning on every outing. So area can they acquisition these Replica handbags uk abatement Coach bags?One of the best and safest places to buy them is from eBay and there are websites you can go to area they array out all the superior handbags you can acquisition on eBay. The alone affair is these Coach handbags and purses on Dior replica handbags action are usually bound and accept a time absolute so you charge to bound browse through them and accomplish an offer. Do be reminded to analysis on the seller's acceptability and feedbacks above-mentioned to purchase. Also, the accoutrements of action are adapted absolute at http://silbermanvoices.com/article-11/ time and you can consistently acquisition new Coach purses and handbags up for sale.

 

from Emma posted on 29-11-2016

 

Students have power to make decision of writing their own essays and design them beautifully to view the by the student. Coursework Writing

 

from Anshina posted on 18-11-2016

 

I am very interested to read the articles that you share through this site. From this post I understood more about Eucharistic Prayer which is conducted in the churches during Sundays and also about the priest of Rome. Expecting more blogs like this cheap tablets for sale

 

<<< Prev 1 2 Next >>>

 

 

Add Comment

Name
Email (optional)
Remember me
Comment
Bold Italic Underline Strikethrough Subscript Superscript Font color Font Family Font Size Left Align Center Align Right Align Teletype Horizontal Line Marquee Quote Flash Image Image E-mail link hyperlink List
Characters Left
CAPTCHA
Security Code (copy the security code from the image above)
Password (admins only)
 

 

 

Return to Home Page