It's hot here in Arkansas. I'm also working on my ark.
This week I attended the 4 pm Vigil at St. Richard in Bald Knob. It has a cute exterior and is tiny on the inside. This is one of the few churches I've been to where I can't "pretend" to kneel by having my butt rest on the pew edge. The pews were pretty widely spaced.
The music was accompanied by an electronic organ in the back.
Opening: Creator Spirit, By Whose Aid
Mass Setting: Heritage Mass
Offertory: Come Holy Ghost
Communion: One Bread, One Body
Closing: Go Make of All Disciples
Have you ever forgotten where we were in the Liturgical Calendar? I'm at Mass last night (before the songs were changed on the board) and I notice that Father is putting on red vestments and I'm like is it Corpus Christi already? Totally forgot about Pentecost. I'm never going to hear the Sequence am I?
Today is the highpoint of the Easter celebration..Pentecost. 50 days after Passover the Jewish celebrate the law giving on Mt. Sinai. God gave the 10 Commandments to show them how to be a people of God. This means behaving in a way God wants, not the way we think is right. As humans we have a short cycle. When we try to take the initiative with God, disaster follows, for example, the Tower of Babel. This is to remind you of the Acts of the Apostles tomorrow...they speak in another language, Pentecost is a reversal of this. God decided to build a bridge. When humans build the bridge, you get Babel. God give us Pentecost. After the Ascension, the task is too big for the Apostles. They need God's initiative to go out and preach. What God asks is impossible if we rely only on ourselves. At the opportune time, God will send out the Holy Spirit to make the lukewarm into the zealous (How about before my next facebook argument about God's existence and morality...because I'm over my head.) Misunderstanding to understanding. There was misunderstanding at Babel. The miracle of Pentecost is they all heard in their own language. Love is the language everyone understands (eye roll). Love is the language of the Children of God and Heaven. At Babel, the human family was broken up. Pentecost brings the family together. It is the Birthday of the Church (I had a cupcake!) We benefit from our difference. Holy Spirit flows through us to inspire us to a more Christian life (any day now...) the Holy Spirit helps us in the life of Faith (but not in Facebook arguments :P ) Unity. We are one body united in Faith, cleansed and made holy by the Sacraments. It keeps the Chancery and the Pope free of error ( I think he meant Magisterium...not the Chancery...or we have some big issues..).
Father used Eucharistic Prayer II and there were bells.
On another note, I'm currently involved in facebook discussions on God's existence, morality and other fun stuff. I could really use some better background. Does anyone have any suggestions? Please don't suggest St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. They are awesome but way beyond me at this point.
St. Richard - Bald Knob