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A Liturgical Peace

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  1. Greg Taylor says:

    The great Dietrich Von Hilderbrand once famously said of the Novus Ordo mass that “truly, if one of the devils in C S Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters had been entrusted with the ruin of the liturgy, he could not have done a better job of it.” It seems to me that even a devil would have balked at the idea of using obviously rubbish modernist fads such as liturgical dance as an expression of reverence (so called) for the Eucharist and the sacrifice of the mass. No wonder our churches pews are emptying at the rate they are.

  2. Jael says:

    Gosh I’ve never seen liturgical dance…I mean how does it even work?

  3. Greg Taylor says:

    I think the idea behind it is simply to provide some light entertainment to the congregation to distract them from the presence of Christ in the Eucharist. It worries me greatly that the editor of a Catholic newspaper apparently supports it.

  4. Jael says:

    I’m not sure he does – I think from the article he supports no further in-fighting of factions within the Church. BTW just spoke to someone who has been to a church that has liturgical dance – apparently its sort of ballet and gestures to music during Mass (offertory) – doesn’t sound great or very reverent. I’d wonder if I had not come to the wrong church:)

  5. Jonathan says:

    Addressing an Italian conference on liturgy, the pope ruled out the possibility of the Church reverting to the pre-conciliar Mass, in Latin and with priests turning their backs to the congregation.
    – Turning their backs to the congregation: It’s called Ad Orientem or towards the East. There is a great deal of theological richness which has been forgotten, sadly

    “The cycle of life is such that the number of priests who are able to celebrate the Old Mass is diminishing, as are the numbers of the faithful who request it.” – Actually young priests are learning it and more people want it.

    It is fundamental, therefore, that in the Mass due reverence is given to the presence of the Lord, and this can find expression in many ways — in Latin chant and in liturgical dance alike.
    – Putting chant and liturgical dance in the same breathe is upsetting. Chant is a high art, while liturgical dance has very far to go. Official instruction has this to say:


    Neither can acceptance be had of the proposal to introduce into the liturgy the so-called artistic ballet[2] because there would be presentation here also of a spectacle at which one would assist, while in the liturgy one of the norms from which one cannot prescind is that of participation.

    […]

    If the proposal of the religious dance in the West is really to be made welcome, care will have to be taken that in its regard a place be found outside of the liturgy, in assembly areas which are not strictly liturgical. Moreover, the priests must always be excluded from the dance.” – “Notitiae” 11 (1975) 202-205.