Pope Francis on liturgy

From Sandro Magister at Repubblica, a report on things Pope Francis recently said about liturgy at one of his daily Masses:

“When I speak of the liturgy I am mainly referring to the holy Mass. The Mass is not a representation, it is something else. It is living once again the redemptive passion and death of the Lord. It is a theophany: the Lord makes himself present on the altar in order to be offered to the Father for the salvation of the world.”

Further on the pope said:

“The liturgy is the time of God and space of God, and we must put ourselves there in the time of God, in the space of God, and not look at our watches. The liturgy is nothing less than entering into the mystery of God, allowing ourselves to be carried to the mystery and to be in the mystery. It is the cloud of God that envelops us all.”

And looking back on one of his childhood memories:

“I recall that as a child, when they were preparing us for first communion, they had us sing: ‘O holy altar guarded by the angels,’ and this made us understand that the altar was truly guarded by the angels, it gave us the sense of the glory of God, of the space of God, of the time of God.”

Coming to the conclusion, Francis invited those present to “ask the Lord today to give all of us this sense of the sacred, this sense that makes us understand that it is one thing to pray at home, to pray the rosary, to pray many beautiful prayers, make the way of the cross, read the bible, and the Eucharistic celebration is another thing. In the celebration we enter into the mystery of God, into that path which we cannot control. He alone is the one, he is the glory, he is the power. Let us ask for this grace: that the Lord may teach us to enter into the mystery of God.”

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  2. Jimmy says:

    “When I speak of the liturgy I am mainly referring to the holy Mass. The Mass is not a representation, it is something else. It is living once again the redemptive passion and death of the Lord. It is a theophany: the Lord makes himself present on the altar in order to be offered to the Father for the salvation of the world.”

    ## Not a representation ? That’s dodgy for a start – it is the zikkaron, or, in Greek, anamnesis, or re-presenting & re-memoration, of the Death of Christ. If it is not a re-presentation, it must either be a naked sign (the doctrine of Zwingli), or else a re-sacrifice of Christ. Both of which are out of the question, for a lot of reasons. The theological tradition of the Middle Ages down to Trent is very clear that Christ is not re-sacrificed, but that His Death is re-presented.

    Calling the Mass a “theophany” – supposing it to be that, which is rather doubtful, to put it no more strongly – does not remedy the problems caused by denying it is a re-presentation.

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