Tuesday, December 12, 2006


Got this ditty in my e-mail from Resource Publications:

The eucharistic liturgy has four main parts:

The GATHERING RITE which ritually forms us into a worshipping assembly of believers.

I've seen "Introductory Rites", but for cripes sakes there is NO SUCH THING as a "gathering rite". What the sam hell kind of idiotic innovation is that? Sheesh!
The LITURGY OF THE WORD, also called the TABLE OF THE WORD to show its relative importance of the liturgy of the Eucharist. We are fed at both, but in different ways.
"Table of the Word?" HUH????? Yes, the Word is important. Yes, we feed on the Word, but the climax of ANY "Eucharistic Liturgy" (how about "Holy Sacrifice of the Mass") is the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST which begins with the preparation of the gifts and continues through the communion rite.
Well, she got this part right anyways. But there is a lot more to it than that. See my above comment.
The DISMISSAL RITE, which sends us forth to bring our experience of Christ to the world.
True. I'll give her credit for this one. But those first two... "Gathering Rite"? "Table of the Word"? Officer, we have a live one here!



Anonymous said...

I cringe when I hear or read of Catholics who refer to the "Gathering Rite" or the "Going Forth Song". Yukk!!

But in this case, the phrase "Table of the Word" is legitimate. I refer you to the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy:

51. The treasures of the bible are to be opened up more lavishly, so that richer fare may be provided for the faithful at the table of God’s word. In this way a more representative portion of the holy scriptures will be read to the people in the course of a prescribed number of years.

Anonymous said...

I second what ihidaya said. There's quite a bit of language used in Sacrosanctum Concilium that might sound strange to American ears, but has legitimate roots in scripture and Tradition. Don't get me started about how they explain the whole Paschal-Candle-in-the-font thing!!

Resource Publications might have a "left coast" feel to it, but their stuff clearly lacks the all-up-in-yo'-grill progressivism of, say, LTP under the Gabe Huck regime. (To which I add: Thank you, Cardinal George!!!)

Brian Michael Page said...

But wouldn't the "table of God's Word" relate more to the altar, or even more toward the Eucharist? I wouldn't think that it refers to the ritual (Liturgy of the Word).

Pascal Candle in the font? I think I've seen pictures of it once. Not pretty. We don't do that at Holy Ghost, thank God.


Kevin Whiteman said...

Any chance the Swiss Guard could possibly cross-train with The United States Marines?

For some odd reason, the phrase cleanse with fire keeps popping into my head.

By the way, this whole "Liturgy of The Word/Eucharist" nonsense originated with martin luther.

He replaced "Mass of the Catechumens" and "Mass of Faithful" with those phrases.

Pray for the freeing of the still held hostage Latin Mass.