Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Ten Things my Family Learned from Latin Mass

1.Sacrifice- we learned that the Mass is the unbloody re-presentation of Calvary
2.Meditation- we had some quiet time to talk to Jesus one on one, and enjoy the bliss of receiving His Body and Blood
3.Self-Control-some things are worth the effort of getting dressed up, kneeling, and staying quiet
4. Reverence-God is awe-inspiring, we get a taste of God's omnipotence, and it awes us into silence
5. Musical History-these ancient chants and hymns date back to St. Gregory the Great and St. Thomas Aquinas
6.Tradition- this Mass has been celebrated unchanged for centuries
7.Artistic beauty- the church artwork tells the stories of salvation and the saints without words to the youngest children, and inspires a sense of awe in the presence of God, and an idea that we are entering another world
8. Modesty- women dress beautifully in the mantilla to hide some of their beauty to share with their families alone,
9.Priesthood means leading the people in offering sacrifice to God in atonement for our sins against God
10.Other-worldliness- the Mass is lifting the veil of Heaven so that we become aware of the Communion of Saints, the Church Triumphant, looking down upon us, and the myriads of angels adoring Christ with us.

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