On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 2:26 PM, Roger MacZura <email@example.com> wrote:
Dear Fr. Perrone,
Thank you for the beautiful commentary on the orientation of the Priest at Mass. If you don’t mind I would like to share my thoughts with you and others as one from the pew. First off I want everyone to know that I do not contest the validity of the New Mass. What I have noticed over the years is the manner in which the New Mass is said and I wonder about the intentions of some of the priests saying it. I have also noted that the more reverent New Order priests will not lift their eyes up off the Altar from the time of the Canon until the Communion Ceremony. They stay focused. I have been taught that at Mass we transcend all time and space. We are present with Mary, John and the others at the foot of the cross.
These are the additional points I would like to make. In the Old Mass, prior to the communion of the faithful, the priest would turn to toward the faithful and give a final absolution. In doing so the priest would step aside to his left and turn toward the people, but no more than an approximately 135 degree angle,SO AS NOT TO TURN HIS BACK ON CHRIST ON THE ALTAR/CROSS. Please note that the priest also has bowed fingers. Now in contrast to the New Mass how many priests, ESPECIALLY during the sign of peace, leave the altar, (abandoning Christ), to go shake hands? Many will even leave the Sanctuary to be amongst the people. And remember the bowed fingers from the Old Mass, so much for reverence and sanctity. Now how does this look from our Lord’s point of view from the cross? Where is His alter Christus? What were those that condemned him doing at the time of his crucifixion? Congratulating themselves that they crucified him, and now we have everyone shaking hands and such, with many ignoring the Agnus Dei. Add in the song leaders, (what I call Cheer Leaders), raising up their arms to get me to SING and all of the Eucharistic Ministers to distribute Holy Communion, (without consecrated fingers), so as to save time. The time spent setting them up is as much as if the Priest, with his consecrated fingers, would take distributing communion. What is the hurry? Aren’t we at Calvary with Christ? Let us look at it from Christ’s point of view.
Roger Mac Zura