On the issue of the synod, I shall say no more than to pray hard and keep yourself updated on other blogs. I’m not the type to respond and to analyse events such as this, but I know that we must pray for all the bishops and for the Holy Father – in defending and upholding the truths our Church has held for over 2000 years. So there it is.
I’d like to ask you now, if you could turn your attention to something that God holds very dear to his heart: little children. “Suffer them to come unto me” saith the Lord about them, and I read a while ago that Our Lord is never as delighted as he is when little children come before Him in the Blessed Sacrament. Advent is the season, and it is one of penitence. It would do no harm to bring your son or daughter along with you to see the Blessed Sacrament and have a half an hour of adoration.
Advent is also your time to begin something new, as it is the new year in the Universal Church and as such, to say the Rosary daily from now on would be the newest pattern to honour and praise Our Blessed Mother who awaits the birth of her son – our Lord, Jesus Christ.
The time has come, however, to turn our ears, eyes, noses and mouths to what I have long been interested in, which is the Liturgy of the Church.
One time in a little parish not far away, a priest made habit of donning the chasuble of Blue to offer up Sunday Mass in. Everyone thought it was lovely – how different; something new, out with the old and in with the blue!
The good priest had good intentions, and he had a good chasuble to which he intended of making good use. He referenced the old custom in the Use of Salisbury of using Blue during Advent instead of the common purple that the General Instruction has set aside specifically for Lent and Advent.
We might even be familiar with the phrase “Sarum Blue” (Sarum meaning of the use of Salisbury).
Never mind that during Advent, traditionally, Black vestments were used in the Salisbury use. If we can make up our own liturgical rules, we can certainly make up our own history.
All this aside, I think loyalty to the church will foster a greater loyalty to the loving God who we worship – rightly, devoutly, reverently, and happily. While only a minor abuse compared to the many hybrid-Masses I’ve seen, I don’t know why simple obedience to the rubric is such a painful endeavour.