Behold the Lamb

At daily Mass there is more time to stop and pray; fewer concerns about external details and more opportunity to be silent.

This morning in this Easter season there seemed to be something new to listen to. I strained to hear.

There were words being spoken that were beyond words and the sense of mystery was palpable. A message was trying to be communicated to me and it was hard to hear because of my own barriers. It was as if a radio signal was being broadcast, but the receiver was not the correct frequency. I listened more closely, then it began to come clear. Read more.

  • Bernie

    Father, I need your opinion on something. My pastor, when he celebrates Mass, says “Behold the lamb of God, this is Jesus, your best friend, etc. Is this proper? Should I be bothered by it? Thank you.

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      The priest does not have the freedom to insert words into the liturgy of his own devising. I would advise you to have a conversation something like this:

      “Father, I appreciate how much you love the Mass, and how much you want it to be real and connect with our lives. However, when you add words to the liturgy of your own invention I feel that you are imposing your views and your ideas on us. I know Jesus is my best friend, but I was thinking at that time that he was my Lord and God and I was worshipping him already as the Lamb of God. When you inserted words it drew my attention away from Jesus and towards you.”

      • Jonathan Cariveau

        Priceless. Great answer Father.

  • The Ubiquitous

    I have more time to pray at the TLM, for what it’s worth. The Daily Mass is so noisy. I don’t have a moment of silence for adoration or worship. I’m always jumping around from one thing to another, like a kindergartner.

    I’m trying, as per the advice of the director, to use the words of propers and others as the means of worship and preparation for Holy Communion. I cannot but laugh, even as I do: This means the Novus Ordo is more monolithic than the old liturgy ever was and does more to stomp out private spirituality than the exclusive use of Latin ever did.