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Masses for the Assumption/What is the Holy Spirit

Jul 30, 2018

Masses for the Solemnity of the Assumption:

           It is not too early to remind you that Wednesday, August 15, is the
Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, a holy day of obligation.  Masses on that day will be offered according to our normal holy day schedule:  8:00am, 12:05pm, and 7:00pm.  As it is a Wednesday, know that the
Eucharistic Adoration will still take place, but with the sacrament being reposed before each Mass and re-exposed at the conclusion of each Mass.  However, I more specifically want to give you this heads up about August 15 in order to speak about the 8:00am Mass for that day as an opportunity to experience the
Extraordinary Form Latin Mass in greater beauty – through the Sung Mass.

 As August 15 this year is a Wednesday, my plan for the Mass schedule for that day is to offer the 8:00 Mass in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin Mass) as is typical for Wednesdays in our parish.  Given that other holy days have fallen on Wednesday during the last two years since implementing the Latin Mass on Wednesdays (in particular, All Saints Day [November 1] was on a

Wednesday during 2017), many of you have already experienced the Extraordinary Form “Low Mass” (without music) simply by choosing to participate in the 8:00 Mass on such a Wednesday.  However, for the Assumption I would like to offer the Latin Mass for that day after the manner that is used on Sundays at Noon – as a “High Mass” which includes the singing of some of the prayers and of the readings by the priest, along with those parts that are sung by the choir.  Known more specifically as the “Missa Cantata” or the “Sung Mass,” such a manner of offering the Mass truly is more fitting than the “Low Mass,” (especially on solemn occasions) as it gives greater praise and worship to God through singing.  In many ways, it is a more proper expression of Mass in the Extraordinary Form than the Low Mass, if for no other
reason that it invites all who are present to enter more deeply through song into an encounter with Christ and the life of worship that is to be lived perfectly in heaven.

 While the 12:05pm and 7:00pm Masses will both be offered in English in the Ordinary Form, I want to give a sincere invitation and encouragement for all to come to the 8:00am Mass for the Holy Day to partake of this offering of the Mass in all its beauty.

 What exactly is the Holy Spirit?

Quite simply, the Holy Spirit is God.  In the mystery of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit is the third person, who “proceeds from the Father and the Son.”  One of the ways used to help us characterize the Holy Spirit within the perfect love and communion that is God in Three Persons, is that the Holy Spirit is the bond of love that is breathed forth from the mutual and perfect love of the Father and the Son.  Accordingly, some of the visible manifestations of the Holy Spirit found in Scripture is the “breath of God” (as in John 20:22, when Jesus breathes on the Apostles after his resurrection, saying “Receive the Holy Spirit”), as the dove (that descended upon Jesus at his baptism), or as the tongues of fire (that descended upon the Apostles on Pentecost).

 Above all, as I said to open, the Holy Spirit is God – and thus “with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified.”

 

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