First Novus Ordo.... so confused.
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(05-02-2016, 02:22 PM)hemolymph Wrote: Sigh.
I am a longtime former atheist. I grew up in a super liberal area, in a secular household.
By the Grace of God I wondered into an SSPX chapel one day a year ago and my life was completely turned upside down. I had no idea what I just experienced. I literally felt like I had left earth behind. It was Pentecost Sunday, a High Mass. I just remember feeling speechless... stunned... that this existed and I never knew of it before. My faith grew quickly. I eagerly took catechism classes and was baptized.

I had a similar experience the first time I saw pictures of Catholic churches and saw movies that had Mass scenes.  I was in awe of the statues, the altars, the ornate architecture, the bells and incense, and the elaborate rituals.  It is truly by God's grace that I was so drawn to this, yet became Catholic in a very liberal diocese.

(05-02-2016, 02:22 PM)hemolymph Wrote: So a year into my Catholic journey I decided to see what this Novus Ordo was all about. I went to one in my area and it was packed. The only women with a veil on, I felt a bit silly from all the stares. It was mostly older women in their 50s and 60s. I did not see many young families like at my SSPX chapel which is mostly younger folks.
I did not see hardly anyone genuflect before getting in the pew and no one was kneeling before Mass starts. I saw religious statues but despite that it already felt foreign. When "Mass" started the priest Welcomed everyone warmly and invited us all to introduce ourselves to one another by name. From that point on I only saw the priest with any real role, two times. He said the Kyrie Elesion and then he spent maybe entire 3 minutes at the altar during the consecration. The rest of the Mass seemed to be run by Women in pants with no veil.
All in all, it was absolutely nothing like the Mass that I am familiar with. Nothing. It felt like I was at one of those "come as you are" non-denominational churches with projector screens.
So now... when the majority of people I meet say they are Catholic, now I know what they mean. That is Catholicism to them.

It doesn't have to be that way.  The Novus Ordo may be celebrated with chant, bells, and incense.  The priest may use the Roman Canon as the Eucharistic prayer all the time.  They may chant the Kyrie in Greek, and have as much of the rest of the liturgy in Latin as they want.  They may celebrate the Mass ad orientem, with only traditional altars in the church.  Women may wear veils, and everyone may receive communion on the tongue, kneeling, at a communion rail, holding the cloth up against themselves as in the olden days.  The problem is that they don't have to do those things.  In other words, there are too many options.  So many groups are given accommodation, but not traditional Catholics.
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First Novus Ordo.... so confused. - by hemolymph - 05-02-2016, 02:22 PM
Re: First Novus Ordo.... so confused. - by Zubr - 05-02-2016, 03:48 PM
Re: First Novus Ordo.... so confused. - by Credidi Propter - 05-02-2016, 08:29 PM
Re: First Novus Ordo.... so confused. - by salus - 05-02-2016, 09:45 PM
Re: First Novus Ordo.... so confused. - by Dave01 - 05-02-2016, 11:05 PM
Re: First Novus Ordo.... so confused. - by Pacman - 05-03-2016, 07:28 AM
Re: First Novus Ordo.... so confused. - by Poche - 05-03-2016, 11:26 PM
Re: First Novus Ordo.... so confused. - by Poche - 05-03-2016, 11:27 PM
Re: First Novus Ordo.... so confused. - by Poche - 05-03-2016, 11:37 PM
Re: First Novus Ordo.... so confused. - by Poche - 05-03-2016, 11:41 PM



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