Thursday, March 12, 2009

Can't wait! : repost

Good Friday's coming up! I was just chatting on the phone with the Greatest Living Ceremoniere in Europe about it and discussing what to expect here in Rome.

All who have ever gone with me to the Good Friday Thing in a Novus Weirdo parish will know all about...

Liturgical Rage
Thursday, April 17, 2008

It's like road rage, but there's not as much of an insurance problem:
Several blogs have recently raised the question of why orthodox Catholics so often froth at the mouth when the subject of liturgical abuse is raised, why so many of us stumble out of Mass nearly sick with rage, so that we shock and repel those around us.

As a man who very often prays to be distracted during Mass so as not to take a machete to the celebrant, and as one who spreads alarm and despondency among nearly all he meets after leaving church, I feel I'm qualified to speak to the question.

Longtime readers, and those who met me in person during Holy Week, will recall, perhaps not with pleasure, my annual Good Friday Rant. I've solved the problem, of course, by ceasing to attend Good Friday services entirely. Saves wear and tear on the ticker.

That means that the departures happen for a reason. The innovator wants to jack us around for motives of his own, which he does not "covenant" with us. We almost never hear complaints about inadvertent omissions by celebrants trying to do it right; it's the deliberate changes that infuriate.

First rule of liturgical road safety: never go to a parish that uses the word "covenant" as a verb. Beware clerics who verb nouns.


Anonymous said...

Knowing Fr. Kramer, I wonder if you'll have the real proper Holy Week before the ominous changes of 1956...


Well anything is surely better than what the Novus Disordo has to offer.

Anonymous said...

Second rule of liturgical road safety: never go to a parish that uses the word "church" (never capitalized, of course) as the direct object of the verb "do".