Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Lent, and some corrections of Liturgical Abuse

Today is Pancake Day! Shrove Tuesday! or if you rather....Mardi Gras. I have finished eating my pancakes for today. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. Now, to remind you, tomorrow is a day of fasting and abstinence. No meat, only one meal, if you're over the ages of 13 and under 62. The ages do vary from country to country. Tomorrow is a day of repentance, as is the whole season of Lent. So tomorrow, off to confession we go. The Church teaches that Lent is a period of fasting and penance, to prepare for the coming of Our Lord and Saviour....
"Remember, O Man, that thou art Dust, and unto Dust thou shalt return"
There are various liturgical abuses which occur during the Lenten season. Well, KEEP A WATCH OUT! Does your parish remove the Holy Water? Even worse, does it replace it with something like sand, sticks, or paper? Some parishes have "praise dances" in "celebration of the coming of Our brother Jesus!! Yay". Actually, nay. Sorry, not allowed. Makes the Mass illicit. Now, lately, sort of, certain Priests "liturgical committees" and scatter Priest (of which shall remain nameless) have banned receiveing Our Lord on the tongue, well.....this is for you...coming from Inaestimabile Donum......
With regard to the manner of going to Communion, the faithful can receive it either kneeling or standing, in accordance with the norms laid down by the episcopal conference: 'When the faithful communicate kneeling, no other sign of reverence towards the Blessed Sacrament is required, since kneeling is itself a sign of adoration. When they receive Communion standing, it is strongly recommended that, coming up in procession, they should make a sign of reverence before receiving the Sacrament.'
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, I say! Hurrah! Excuse my profanity. But that's it. See you tomorrow.
P.S. This Lent I am going to post every day that I can!

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