What if the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was always and everywhere offered in accordance with the dignity, reverence and obedience our God merits? If we truly worshiped Him as He deserves, do you think more Catholics would willingly and lovingly come to Mass and give their Lord the worship and adoration He ought to receive?
May the following reflection help move us in that direction wherever there may be a need to do so:
When the Host is held on high and a chalice lifted…look up! Look up and see what Mary saw. See a naked man squirming as He bleeds against a blackened sky; see a battered human body, writhing on a tree, prisoned there by savage spikes that have torn through Sacred hands and feet; see thorn-tortured head tossing from side to side as anguished torso labors, lifts and strains; see the eyes of God roll towards heaven beseeching, as broken lips blurt out that soul piercing cry: “My God, My God, Why has Thou forsaken Me?”
What is this? This is the
This is Crucifixion. This is what
Mary saw at the elevation of Christianity’s first Mass.
This is what you should see at the Elevation of every Mass! Mass.
(Father M. Raymond, O.C.S.O. from God, A Woman and the Way)
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