Thursday, July 5, 2007

I just don't get it sometimes.

I just stumbled across this a few minutes ago, I thought I'd share. Yup, it's gonna be one of "those" churches. Link

"The Great Cross:"

From their site:

"The crucifix, a Cross with an image of Christ on it, was not used in the early centuries while crucifixion was still customary. After that, triumphal crosses became popular, showing the glory won by Christ on the Cross, depicting Him in robes, without nails, with a royal crown. After the Reformation, crucifixes of the suffering or dead Christ appeared. Recent liturgical revival somewhat favors Christ glorified and ruling from the Cross.
Current guidelines require a cross, with the figure of Christ crucified upon it, to be on or near the altar. Our Great Cross is made of an ancient reclaimed beam. The Processional Crucifix is positioned upon it during liturgies."

Writing our own history, are we? (with that tine crucifix, you'd think they only have one beacuse they have to...) There is a crucifix in Vienna with no robes or crown, with the corpus showing the wounds of crucifixion nearly 1000 years old; centuries before the reformation.

What does history actually say about the use of the crucifix?

"But from the sixth century onward we find many images -- not allegorical, but historical and realistic of the crucified Saviour." -- Newadvent

6th Century, huh? That beats out the reformation by a good millenium.

What does pope Pius XII say about the use of the crucifix?

"one would be straying from the straight path were he to...order the crucifix so designed that the divine Redeemer's body shows no trace of His cruel sufferings."--Mediator Dei.

Now where's my can of B.S. remover? Going on:

"Stations of the Cross:"

And just which station is that supposed to be? You decide! From their site:

"There will be a greater emphasis on the cross; ashes in the sign of a cross, adoration of the cross, a special Lenten environment throughout our church building and signs. Many signs! An abundance of signs! One unique series of signs is The Stations of the Cross. The Stations might be considered road signs on a journey; the journey to the cross and resurrection beyond. That is why our stations are placed in the floor of the ambulatory that encircles our Worship Space, so that we might walk the road. And in walking this path, through prayer and meditation, we might ourselves move closer to resurrection...

"One reason that we have no pictures on our Stations of the Cross, is that there are many ways to pray the Stations. The Jerusalem Stations begin with Jesus being condemned to death. The Scriptural Roman Stations begin with Jesus praying in the Garden of Olives. There are Stations of the Cross written with justice issues in mind. There are Stations written for teens and their daily concerns. What all of them have in common, though, is that the Stations are meant to be walked in a prayerful way, with each station being a time to meditate on how we are doing in our faith journey.

Throughout lent we will be offering alternative ways for you to experience the Stations of the Cross. We will provide special booklets with different ways to walk the Stations anytime the Worship Space is free. We will also have a Stations of the Cross Coloring Book for Children designed by our own ALL GOD's CHILDREN Ministry, so you can walk the Stations with your children at their own pace and then have them color the images at home."

Uh-huh. So we can just make it up as we go along? The cafeteria is open for business!

"The Music Ministry Area:"

From their site:

"We are pleased to have a wonderful instrument in our Rogers Trillium 967 Digital Organ and we are just now starting to explore the unique in the round installation. We also use other instruments like the piano, drums, guitar, brass, woodwinds and strings."

Drums, guitar, and brass? Golly, I never would have guessed.

"The General Instruction of the Roman Missal states, "Singing is a sign of the heart's joy...for this reason...great importance should be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass." At a birthday party, we would not just recite "Happy Birthday" or during the 7th inning stretch at a ballgame, only say" Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and it doesn't matter if a person can "carry a tune" or not. Singing is part of celebration. It creates a sense of the importance of the occasion. Imagine being at a retirement party and only saying "For he's a jolly good fellow." Singing lifts up the words we use and gives them a heightened dignity and beauty, often making them more memorable in the process. Singing also expresses and fosters the sense of unity among those gathered whether in worship or to celebrate an event. Singing is the primary way that a group of people can speak with one voice. It is also a way of praying, of giving thanks. I know I give thanks to God every day that I have a voice with which to sing!"

Funny, nowhere do I see that singing is a form of worship to God. I read a whole lotta "community," and not so much worship. Moving on:

"'Wind of the Spirit' Stained Glass Window"

Yes, that's the tabernacle.

Our tour gathers us around the ALTAR

See the tabernacle way back there in the room behind the altar? Not very "pride of place," huh?

"We gather around the altar, [Introibo ad altare populi,] especially in our configuration at Holy Spirit. Why? Because through our baptism and gathered around the altar we are transformed and as we heard in our scriptures this week, “made...into a kingdom…priests for his God and Father.” (Rev. 1:6) The altar is “the center of thanksgiving that the Eucharist accomplishes.” (General Instruction of the Roman Missal)"

Interesting they bring up the GIRM. If they cared about the CDW's interpretation of #101 in the GIRM they'd read:

"During the liturgy of the eucharist, only the presiding celebrant remains at the altar. The assembly of the faithful take their place in the Church outside the "presbyterium," which is reserved for the celebrant or concelebrants and altar ministers. [Notitiae 17 (1981) 61]"

But hey, it's all about "community," right?

"Sacred Art"

"'Stairway to Heaven'
The fabric of a multi-cultural community; the red signifying the Holy Spirit within us, woven together by the threads of life with hopes to be raised to a higher level. Our foundation, the blueprint, concrete evidence that a strong faith exists and is solidified by its building; home for all. A staircase of copper wire twisting and turning, mirrors life’s trials, not always clear and straight, but with the help of a rail, (conduit), becomes a strong flowing link of communication between us, and with consistency of our creed, eventually leads us on a course to heaven."

Sorry, I can't speak "hippie"

“Holy Spirit…Ascension” and:


From Sacrosanctum Concilium:

"...Finally, there must be no innovations unless the good of the Church genuinely and certainly requires them; and care must be taken that any new forms adopted should in some way grow organically from forms already existing."

How does the Church genuinely and certainly require this? Maybe I'm being too harsh but I just don't see it.

Anyways, in conclusion:

Word count:

"Worship Space": 9

"Faith journey": 1

That's bad enough.


paramedicgirl said...

Aka Protestantism...or the Spirit of Vathican II - same thing, isn't it?

Unitas said...

"We must strip from our Catholic prayer books and from the Catholic Liturgy everything that can be a shadow of a stumbling block to our separated brethren, that is, for the Protestants" - Bugnini

Well it certainly looks more protestant.

Has the rate of converts increased since then than before? No, in fact churches are emptying.

What modernists don't understand is that Catholicism is attractive because it is Catholic.

Carolina Cannonball said...

This is just something I would do... but have you thought about emailing that churh and informing them of the correct history?

I do it all the time, but Im the hateful sort. ;-P

A reply makes for nice blog fodder too. Its fun to get the roman prots panties in a wad.