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April 10, 2004



That officious priest, instead of tormenting decent people with pinpricks like that, should worry about the priest pedophiles.

Harry Jameson

Perhaps, John, although he is mistaken in this case, he is worried about the people you think that he is trying to torment. Perhaps he sees every year a crowd of 1,000 come to the Easter Vigil when on every other Sunday it hovers around 400. Perhaps he would like to assume charitable things about those people but perhaps he also fears that on the other Sundays of the year they are skipping Mass. And so, although is wrong in this one instance, he informs the people of their obligation on Sunday as a way of reminding them of their obligation on _every_ Sunday. And if he cares this much about people coming to God every Sunday in the Mass, I imagine that he also prays for those pedophile priests. And we should too.


I am probably being a bit nit picky but I assume that it does not matter that the Eastern Churches do not call their services masses, but Divine Liturgy. But since what we are celebrating and participating in is the same reality, I am confident that the name difference does not change anything, and that the canon law that says we must participate in a "mass" includes an Eastern liturgy even if it is not called a mass.

Sherri Irvin

Easter Vigil is wonderful. I was confirmed this year at Easter Vigil and also watched 18 adults be baptized. The Mass was the greatest think I have ever witnessed. I wanted to go again on Easter Sunday morning but you can bet I was totally wiped out by the Easter Vigil experience.

By the way I also was one of the chosen 12 who had their feet washed on Holy Thursday.

That was a week to remember, for sure!


With respect to Harry's comment:

For a priest to state that a person is not fulfilling his Sunday obligation is a serious matter. Before a priest makes such a statement, he should be sure of himself. In this case, he is flat out wrong, and there is no excuse for such conduct. At best, he comes across looking very foolish. At worst, some might think he is trying to increase the Offertory collection by having people attend twice.

When a more serious moral issue arises, he will have no credibility.

"I imagine that he also prays for those pedophile priests"? He might trying praying for, and taking other action to protect, the VICTIMS of the pedophiles.

Brian's comment:

The Eastern rites are in communion with the Apostolic See at Rome, and adhere to the authority of the Pope in matters of faith and morals. Relatively little falls into that category, however, and the Eastern churches are free to establish their own liturgical practices. The fact they use a "divine liturgy" instead of a "mass" is of no significance at all.

The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom dates from about 300. The Tridentine Mass is a relatively recent innovation, having been promulgated in 1570. The Eastern rites are big on tradition and resist modern innovations.

The term "mass" developed from the phrase "ite missa est," or "go, you are dismissed." At one time, it was spoken at the end of the Nicene Creed, as a signal to the catechumens that they were to depart before the "Mass of the Faithful" began. The use of Latin is confined to the Roman Rite, so it is not surprising that the term "Mass" is used to describe the Roman liturgy and not the others.

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