Restore the minor orders!
(01-25-2011, 06:49 PM)The_Harlequin_King Wrote: What's doing the cheapening? On the contrary, restoring the minor orders would enrich the service by forcing boys and men to learn how to perform easier or "smaller" services before approaching the altar as an acolyte. I've always thought it was illogical that boys as young as 7 go straight from the pew to serving low Mass, which is really the most complex form of service short of maybe being a master of ceremonies. That should actually be the last thing an acolyte learns after several years of service, since many of those duties in low Mass are the deacon's and subdeacon's.

As for what they'd give up, they'd be giving up a lot of time. It would take a lot of time to learn how to first sit in choir, then how to sing all the Ordinary and Proper chants, then how to pray all the hours of the Office (or at least Lauds, Vespers and Compline). Then the duties of the porter, lector and exorcist. Then how to serve solemn Mass, sung Mass, and finally low Mass. If you want to be a low Mass server, you'd have to do all those above things first (in my ideal plan, at least).

In the past, if you were a cleric, you were celibate - not permanently yet, but you were heading down that road, and you weren't looking.  A wife and children are the most precious things in this world.  And being a cleric is a great privilege.  It is fitting that to receive that gift you give up what is most precious in this world in order to dedicate yourself to serving God and his Church.  It is not necessary, and not universal in the entire Church, but it is a long tradition in the Latin Church and with good reason behind it.  It sets clergy apart in a special way.  When you see a cleric, you know he has sacrificed (or is in the process of sacrificing) the greatest joys in life to be there, for God and for you.

Giving up a little of your time does not compare to that.  It's not hard or time-consuming to learn these things - as you pointed out, a seven-year-old can do it.
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Restore the minor orders! - by The_Harlequin_King - 12-29-2010, 04:21 AM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Stubborn - 12-29-2010, 07:00 AM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Bakuryokuso - 12-29-2010, 11:53 AM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Atomagenesis - 12-29-2010, 12:06 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by piabee - 12-29-2010, 05:02 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Historian - 12-29-2010, 05:32 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by MichaelNZ - 12-30-2010, 11:10 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by moneil - 12-30-2010, 11:26 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by InNomineDomini - 12-31-2010, 12:37 AM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by InNomineDomini - 12-31-2010, 01:02 AM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by InNomineDomini - 12-31-2010, 01:11 AM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by SCG - 01-19-2011, 02:31 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Vetus Ordo - 01-19-2011, 02:33 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Vetus Ordo - 01-19-2011, 02:38 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by spasiisochrani - 01-19-2011, 03:47 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by spasiisochrani - 01-19-2011, 03:54 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Anthem - 01-19-2011, 04:14 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by SCG - 01-19-2011, 04:40 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Anthem - 01-19-2011, 05:00 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Iuvenalis - 01-19-2011, 05:04 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Iuvenalis - 01-19-2011, 05:05 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by SCG - 01-19-2011, 05:07 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by SCG - 01-19-2011, 05:07 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Anthem - 01-19-2011, 05:25 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by SCG - 01-19-2011, 05:30 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Anthem - 01-19-2011, 05:32 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by SCG - 01-19-2011, 05:41 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by SCG - 01-19-2011, 05:48 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Anthem - 01-19-2011, 06:00 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by SCG - 01-19-2011, 06:19 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Vetus Ordo - 01-19-2011, 07:19 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by JayneK - 01-19-2011, 08:46 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Iuvenalis - 01-20-2011, 01:31 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by SCG - 01-20-2011, 04:19 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by timoose - 01-20-2011, 04:42 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by SCG - 01-20-2011, 04:45 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by SCG - 01-20-2011, 04:49 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Resurrexi - 01-22-2011, 02:11 AM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by moneil - 01-22-2011, 02:49 AM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by timoose - 01-22-2011, 08:05 AM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by Bakuryokuso - 01-22-2011, 04:11 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by cgraye - 01-24-2011, 12:06 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by cgraye - 01-24-2011, 01:04 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by cgraye - 01-24-2011, 02:54 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by cgraye - 01-24-2011, 03:00 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by cgraye - 01-25-2011, 12:17 AM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by jovan66102 - 01-25-2011, 04:34 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by cgraye - 01-25-2011, 05:23 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by cgraye - 01-25-2011, 06:01 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by cgraye - 01-25-2011, 09:49 PM
Re: Restore the minor orders! - by CDNowak - 01-27-2011, 02:42 PM



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