Wednesday, August 9, 2017
IS IT A HERESY TO THINK THAT EVERY HUMAN BEING MUST UNDERSTAND THE WORDS AND MEANING OF THE OFFICAL, FORMAL PRAYERS OF THE MASS IN THE SACRAMENTS, ESPECIALLY THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASS AND THE MYSTERY OF THE ETERNAL GODHEAD?
A certain priest opining about how important for the congregation to understand the formal words of the Church's universal and public prayer stated that he would contravene the documents of Vatican II and later papal teaching, especially that of Blessed Pope Paul VI, and change the words of the Mass to make them intelligible to his hearers. In other words, he would disobey Vatican II, subsequent papal magisteriums and the wise counsel of others who know better.
But if there is a heresy in believing that the prayers of the Mass must be completely intelligible to the congregation where in the name of God and all that is holy did this come from?????? Doesn't this then lead a priest to disobey Holy Mother Church and an ecumenical council and change the words of the Universal Prayer to suit his own personal understanding of language?
By heresy, I would expand that to mean that the Prayers of the Mass, rather than directed to the Majesty of God alone by the entire Church, Triumphant, Militant and Suffering, and never to the congregation even in part, is the heresy. But of course not being a pope or bishop I cannot officially declare it to be a heresy, but others may have in fact already done so in the glorious 2000 year history of Holy Mother Church. I am sure someone knows.
But what is this law of corrupt prayer that leads to the law of corrupt Catholicism?
Rather, should I not declare it is the law of direction that leads to the law of a corrupt understanding of Catholic prayer.
When the Mass is ad orientem, in Latin/Greek/Hebrew and has a quiet canon as well as other quiet prayers, there is no doubt whatsoever even in the most uninformed lay person as to whom prayer is directed, that be the Supreme Being, not human beings even the person hearing and not understanding. And the prayer is not the personal prayer of any one believer alone to include the priest offering the Sacrifice, but rather that person's participating in the Great Act of Worship and Sacrifice (I know that is redundant) of the entire Church in heaven, on earth and in purgatory.
So many liturgical abuses and heresies about prayer could be avoided if only the direction of prayer were not only spiritual but also physical as in ad orientem.