Friday, 23 May 2008

What The Bishops Tried To Stop...

It's a bit late, but I just wanted to post a couple of photos from the Corpus Christi celebrations at Blackfen today (Thursday) ... I managed to take about 350 photos, and obviously haven't had a chance to go through them all: that's a little task for the weekend, when I might get a You Tube video up.

I came in early to say a few prayers, and was greeted by the sight of two priests and a deacon being put through their paces by our very experienced MC; from left to right: Fr. Charles Briggs (another of those non-blogging priests who keeps popping up on various blogs), Fr. Tim Finigan (His Hermeneuticalness), Rev. John Harrison (Fr. Charles' deacon) and Jonathan Hague (MC).

And here we have the Elevation of the Host for the adoration of the faithful, just after the Consecration.

Finally, a shot of the Corpus Christi procession around the church grounds... (well, ok, the car park!) My little phone camera couldn't cope with the movement, so it's not a very good one, but you get the idea...

9 comments:

Andrew said...

I hope you don't mind me asking, but why was an ombrellino used for an outdoor procession instead of a canopy?

Mac McLernon said...

Sorry Andrew - no idea! Maybe we don't have a canopy!!

Steve said...

What would you say to the accusation that by continuing to celebrate Feast Days unofficially, for instance on the day of the Feast in the Old Calendar, one is creating a rupture in the Church, which could effectively be seen as a split?

Fr Tim Finigan said...

Memo to self: obtain canopy.

Mac McLernon said...

Steve: the Bishops already created the rupture, by moving the Holy Days in the first place. However, in different countries the Feast is observed on different days. It is only a problem if people choose to make it one. How can people wanting to go to church when they don't have to be a problem?

gemoftheocean said...

Nice pics. I like the bottom one too, it looks really nice in twilight.

Karen

Michael Mary said...

Re: Steve's comment. Would anyone accuse the Vatican of creating a Rupture with the Diocese of Rome by having the Feasts on their Traditional day instead of tranfering them to the Sunday?

Steve said...

Mac: surely if the bishop's move the days then the decision should be adhered to by all. I would personally like to see all Holy Days back on their traditional days. However, I think that to continue to celebrate these days on the traditional days when they have been moved could stir up confusion to the ordinary punter and could appear to them as disobedience to the bishop. Whilst it may be an issue the we could be justly disobedient about, it may give the impression to people who don't know better that it is ok to disobey one's bishop if one has an issue with something he says. This becomes more serious when it is dogma that people begin to disagree with. We must appear externally united, publicly united, even if internally and privately we are not.

Michael Mary: As a resident of Rome I would accuse the Diocese of Rome as having created a rupture. To have Feasts on different days in the same diocese is ludicrous and certainly creates great confusion. My point is not that Feasts should be moved to Sundays, but that there should be standardisation. It's a unique situation, but I would expect that those in the respective areas of the city would celebrate the Feast on the appropriate day in fidelity to their bishop, as he has seen it fit. I do pray however that the crazy situation within the city is changed, but I think that, as I said above to Mac, we must appear to be united to the bishops, whilst privately protesting against this.

Mac McLernon said...

Steve - first of all, the Vatican is a separate country from Italy, and therefore not the same diocese.

Secondly, there is no rupture - if I want to celebrate a feast day for ANY saint or a votive Mass, then I can do so, in the Novus Ordo it is allowed, unless it is a major feast or solemnity.

Thirdly, if you are following the Old Calendar, as allowed by Summorum Pontificum, then the feast day of Corpus Christi is fixed - though not the obligation to attend Mass. How can anything which encourages more people to go to Mass on a weekday be a problem?

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