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I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Fellow.

All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter

Friday, April 14, 2006

The Triduum has Begun

He is doing something right. I have mentioned several times on this blog that we have a new pastor. Since the arrival of our new pastor there have been some changes. We got rid of the OCP Music Issue and are now using the St. Michael’s hymnal. At least once per month we are using some Latin responses in the Novus Ordo. We now have confessions six days per week. We have a weekly Holy Hour with Exposition and Benediction.

I believe the fruits of these changes were visible last night. The first Mass of the Triduum was packed. I have never seen it so well attended. The parking lot could not hold all the vehicles of Mass attendees. The church was perhaps not as crowded as it will be Easter Sunday, but it was filled enough that latecomers had to sit in the balcony. And what a lovely service. All three of our priests concelebrated the Mass with our pastor as the primary celebrant. Six high school young men were altar servers. The music was beautiful. Clear voices with minimal instrumental accompaniment sang Pange Lingue. Now that the choir is in a choir loft, we can hear the ethereal beauty of the music without the distraction of watching the performers.

Father used his homily to speak a little about the vocation of the priesthood. To emphasize the importance of fostering vocations in our youth he chose 12 high school young men from the altar server corps to participate in the foot washing rite. Each was dressed in a coat and tie. It was truly inspiring to see such youthful participation in this solemn rite.

I am convinced our parish is undergoing a renewal in our faith. I do not believe any single development can account for this renewal. It is not a revolution. Instead it is the steady hands of our priests holding firm to a course of orthodox Catholicism. Pray they have the grace and strength to continue.

2 comments:

Tony said...

I am convinced our parish is undergoing a renewal in our faith. I do not believe any single development can account for this renewal. It is not a revolution. Instead it is the steady hands of our priests holding firm to a course of orthodox Catholicism. Pray they have the grace and strength to continue.

Please pray for our parish also. Like yours, we got a new pastor about 3 years ago. He had more reverence for the blessed sacrament and made many changes (including the dismissal of the liturgy director, who was also the music director). A lot of people in their anger left our parish.

We have been seeing more and more people at our parish recently, and last night's Mass of the Lord's Supper was well attended. Not standing room only, but maybe 80% full (and we have a large church).

The pastor recently moved the tabernacle out of a side chapel, and placed it front and center behind the altar of sacrifice.

We got a 50 candle votive rack (which I pushed for) and last night fully half of the candles were lit. I also saw some former parishioners who had not attended mass, show up for adoration.

We have been having benediction after stations of the cross every friday during Lent, and a group of us have been saying the rosary together in the church every Sunday night for the last few months.

Our faith is our armor, and our prayer is our weapon. We are the Church militant, and we have been becoming more "militant" as of late.

Last night, we sang Pange Lingua for the eucharistic procession, and I head a number of strong (though currently elderly) voices singing right along with us. I think we'll be able to draw the young people in with us.

This is an exciting time to be Catholic.

Barb, sfo said...

How wonderful!
I also experienced a very reverent (and more crowded than usual) first 2 days of Triduum. And we've undergone a change of pastor also--people have left in anger, but I think more people are being drawn in.

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