Prayer of Saint Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury,pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Spirit of the Liturgy

So I realize it's been quite awhile since I've written. All is well here in Bellingham. Things are in full swing for both school and our campus ministry. I've been having fun doing a few extra things (surprise surprise). I joined Western's Pep Band this year and had a blast doing it. Our last football game was last weekend, so it's over now. One of my roommates and I got signed up for two weeks of free kickboxing classes. It is such a blast. I would highly recommend the sport to anyone who has a chance to try it out. I pulled my left hipflexor in class last night though so today I'm walking a little stiff.

Anyway...the real reason I wanted to post was to share a bit more of what I've been reading in "Spirit of the Liturgy" by Cardinal Ratzinger. I've been reading pretty slowly, but everytime I do open the book I am more and more intrigued by the Mass.

The most recent chapter has been focusing on the body and the liturgy and how our postures are to reflect our prayer. With the semi-recent removal of kneeling in the Mass.

"Kneeling does not come from any culture - it comes from the Bible and knowledge of God. The central importance of kneeling in the Bible can be seen in a very concrete way. The word proskynein alone occurs fifty-nine times in the New Testament, twenty-four of which are in the Apocalypse, the book of the heavenly liturgy, which is presented to the Church as the standard for her own liturgy."

"When kneeling becomes merely external, a merely physical act, it becomes meaningless. On the other hand, when someone tries to take worship back into the purely spiritual realm and refuses to give it embodied form, the act of worship evaporates, for what is purely spiritual is inappropriate to the nature of man. Worship is one of those fundamental acts that affect the whole man. That is why bending the knee before the presence of the living God is something we cannot abandon."

"The man who learns to believe learns to believe learns also to kneel, and a faith or a liturgy no longer familiar with kneeling would be sick at the core."


Lauren said...

That's really cool. I wasn't sure if you were still blogging, but I'm so glad! I'm definitely adding that book to my reading list. Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Lauren said...

(that's Lauren Frisch, by the way) :D

Molly said...

When did they remove kneeling from the Mass? Isn't it a fundamental part of witnessing the Consecration and standing (well, kneeling) in the Real Presence? Whose idea was it to remove it?

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