Those popes who bear the name, "Pius," are the greatest guardians of the Church against heresy. This blog is a watchdog for modernism in the Church. In reality, outside this blog, the members of the board temper their criticisms and opinions with prudence and charity so as to help souls in their journey towards Christ. But sometimes, for the sake of their own sanity, the authors of this blog just need to blow off some steam. The result is Totus Pius.

11 June 2006

We can see why Mass attendance is down...

Don't get us wrong: missing Mass on Sunday is a grave matter and as Christ is making Himself present in His body and in His blood, we always have every reason in the world to attend Mass daily. However, we can see why Mass attendance and vocations plummeted around 1962 (what happened around that time?) from our attendance this morning at a local Novus Ordo parish.
First, we began by listening to the priest begin the Most Holy Sacrifice by stating that we were celebrating the Trinity today. According to him, that meant that "we don't try to explain it or understand it, just bask in it." Interesting, how can you bask in something that you don't know? Of course, the Trinity is a mystery incomprehensible through human reason. However, we know that it is a mystery precisely because we know something about it. All mysteries have clues. As a matter of fact, we decreed (We believe in the encyclical On the Restoration of All Things in Christ although it might have been On Christian Teaching) that all homilies should have three year cycles that teach the faithful following the Catechism of the Council of Trent. Of course, the doctrine of the Trinity is treated extensively in the catechism, but God forbid the faithful actually learn about Christ at Mass.
After the priest gave a brief homily, he invited Sr. up to offer some reflections of her own even though he has been twice reprimanded by the Bishop for doing so. The theme of Sr.'s talk was asking the question, "When is God?" We found this peculiar since God is outside of time. However, she provided examples stating God is not only when little children play and flowers bloom, but also God is when wives are emotionally abused and sin is committed. We did not understand what she was trying to say. She finally reached the conclusion that there are no definitive answers in life. Well, God is the truth and one who preaches God can never be led astray. We guess Sr. is preaching some other gospel.
Of course, the Mass was still able to be stomached since there was hand holding during the Our Father and rousing hymns such as, "One Bread, One Body" to make us feel warm and fuzzy inside. And they even played one of our favorite hymns as a recessional, "Holy God, We Praise Thy Name." What is amazing is that they improved this great hymn for us by playing it on the piano! What fun!
Two words: anathema sint.

13 comments:

Eilonwy said...

Pius(s), I was at Mass three weeks ago in Vermont, and the hymns were played on a banjo.

It was almost the death of my poor old Dad.

Mary Liz said...

that sounds terrible. all of it.

Papa Beatus Pius IX said...

or "sint" if you prefer...because you know you dont wanna just damn one when you could damn...all!

Caitlyn said...

At least you got "Holy God we Praise Thy Name." I believe we started with "Here I am Lord" and ended with "We will serve the Lord." The early Masses and the Vigil got "Holy God." I was sad. Very sad.

Papa Beatus Pius IX said...

What did you expect, going to a novus ordo mundi mass like that?

We were able to make it to the indult mass parish - only one in the diocese, an hour away. They did Holy God and Holy Holy Holy as the recessional and processional...with organ. No singing throughout...and a killer homily. Here are some highlights:

(Loosely quoted)
Christ didnt ask us to go preach the Gospel. He didnt tell us it would make Him happy or that hed appreciate it if we would do that for Him. He gave us an order, a mandate, a command. Furthermore He didnt ask us to acknowledge the truth and dignity of pagan pseudoreligions (COUGH) and He certainly didnt want us to preach only to those who asked for more information. Were not to go into the nations and compromise on the truth. He told us, instead, TEACH YE ALL NATIONS: BAPTIZING THEM IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND OF THE SON AND OF THE HOLY GHOST

Man...

Later he announced that his contract as pastor of the parish down there had been renewed for another 6 years...one person started clapping. He sighed and said "Clap in your hearts, now."

So stay away from those pagans, number 10...unless, of course, it is in order to preach the Gospel and to make true disciples of them!

:-D

Iosephus said...

My first time to this blog . . . very cool. I really like the header and the line there about playtime and what not.

Andrew said...

I betcha everyone was "actively participating" by holding hands, screaming back at the Priest, and playing their guitars....Sometimes I wonder if this is all a sick joke.

Papa Sanctus Pius X said...

Iosephus, we love your blog. May we link it?

Ma Beck said...

Ick.
I'm never moving. Ever.


(Unless I get a job at the Vatican.)

M. Alexander said...

Nice blog.

I must reiterate- how can you stand it? Find yourself a nice Traditional ghetto and never remove yourself from it. The older I get the less tolerant I am. And that's a good thing.

Ma Beck said...

Or move to Chicago.
;)

CPT Tom said...

Here in the Rochester Diocese there is only one indult mass. That's an 1 3/4 hour away. Other diocese masses are the same...there is no traditional masses closer.

Ma Beck said...

There are two listed for the Rochester Diocese: St. Stanislaus and St. John the Evangelist. But that probably doesn't help you since if one of them is 1.75 hours from your home, it would stand to reason that the other one is about that far, too, since it's also in the city of Rochester.
Hope you get a closer Tridentine Mass soon!
Keep asking. :)