Saturday, November 17, 2007

Ukranian Catholic Mass - Wow

I just got back from the Ukranian Catholic Mass at St. Basil the Great in Charlotte. How incredibly awesome. If you ever get a chance to go to one, don't pass it up. This parish meets at the Catholic high school once per month and for the last 2 or 3 months, I haven't been able to attend for various reasons. Short of an act of God I don't think I'll miss another.

The reverence for the Eucharist was unbelievable. The beauty was unparalleled. I've never been to a 2 hour mass that felt like 10 minutes. Now I see a glimpse of what the "spirit of Vatican II" has robbed the Church of. Her rightful liturgy is absolutely beautiful. Beautiful and reverent liturgy is absolutely fitting to the Eucharist. Anything less is a spit in God's face. In fact, dumbing down the liturgy (like my Parish unfortunately does) is looking in lust after other religions - the casual living room liturgies of Protestant communities, the inwardness of Buddhism even the self-centered attitude of secularism. This amounts to spiritual pornography and to the extent that we no longer merely lust after the irreverence others 'enjoy', we are guilty of liturgical adultery.

Fitting to the mass is nothing less than absolute reverence, solemnity and for God sake - BEAUTY! What do you liberals have against beauty of all things? The folk mass at my parish is the ugliest of all the ones we have, even those who regularly attend it know. They won't say so if you ask them, but if you look on their unenthusiastic faces during the mass; their eyes betray them. It's bad and everyone knows it.

During the mass I felt like I was in Heaven. That's what mass is anyhow - a meeting of Heaven and Earth. Now the liturgy made me believe it.

As if that weren't enough, the priest gave the best homily/sermon I've ever heard. I've never heard such spiritual clarity and deep theological teachings from a sermon. I was blown away by the entire experience. Every mass should blow you away. If it doesn't, something is wrong.

My only problem now is waiting until the next one.


Thos said...

Do you know much about Jewish services? I don't, but saw a PBS religion show this morning that showed a Reform Jewish prayer service. It reminded me of my own Presbyterian church in a way. I realized their commonality with us, and distinction from Catholicism, is that there is no sacrifice made -- nothing present to be the focus of worship.

Interesting to me, probably not to anyone else. But your post brought that to mind. Thanks.

Peace in Christ,

Tim A. Troutman said...

I'm not too terribly familiar with Jewish services but we must remember there are 2 distinct Jewish services that the Church replaces: one the Synagogue ( which is probably what you're referring to ) which is replaced by the liturgy of the Word in both Western and Eastern services and the other the Liturgy of the Eucharist or the cult of the Eucharist which replaces the Jewish temple cult.

Tim A. Troutman said...

Thos, I replied here.