Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Clericalism of Eucharistic Prayer 2

Something struck me a wee while ago. When comparing the Roman Canon with Eucharistic Prayer 2 it is striking that the People of God ™ don’t get a look in in the post-conciliar prayer. Compare and contrast:

Eucharistic Prayer 2 (ICEL, 1970):
Lord, remember your Church throughout the world; make us grow in love, together with [Benedict] our Pope, {name of local bishop}, our bishop, and all the clergy.

Roman Canon (Eucharistic Prayer 1; ICEL, 1970)
We offer them for your Holy Catholic Church, watch over it, Lord, and guide it; grant it peace and unity throughout the world. We offer them for {Benedict} our Pope, for {name of Bishop in local diocese} our bishop, and for all who hold and teach the Catholic faith that comes to us from the apostles.

Get that? In the pre-Conciliar prayer, you and me and all good Christian folk, no matter what terrible sinners we are are remembered at the altar and commended to almighty God. In the post-Conciliar prayer, just the clergy get a look in. Now, I know a good priest at the altar will remember us in the memento. Some misguided priests change the text and add in something like: “and all religious and all your people” etc etc. Their intent is good - they want to to be inclusive, but they are changing the words of the text and that way lies danger, as we all know. I see where they are going but the ancient canon contains the wisdom of the ages and gathers all good Christians into the prayer of the church.

Another point about Eucharistic Prayer 2. A criticism leveled at the EF Low Mass is that it was mumbled away at top speed and occasionally finished in under 20 minutes. I have begun to actively dislike Eucharistic Prayer 2 in that it is curt to the point of rudeness and prosaic compared to the beauty of the language of the Roman Canon, even in the ICEL 1970 translation. Even Eucharistic Prayers 3 & 4 have some elegance to them by comparison.

The more I think about Eucharistic Prayer 2 the more it seems like a postcard to God bearing the words “THANKS FOR DINNER. Yrs etc, The Church”

Monday, June 20, 2011

Faith of our Fathers

Last week the PP here quoted a statistic that about 30% of the children of Catholic parents end up practicing the Faith. He also said that this rises to something like 60-80% when the father of the family takes a leading role in passing on faith (prayer, catechesis etc. ). He said the research was commissioned in Switzerland.

Can anyone verify these stats?

Amazing if true.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Blonde moment (North Vancouver version)

[To understand this story you must understand that North Vancouver (as which much of Greater Vancouver) is based on a grid system with avenues going north-south, streets numbered from the shore (at Lonsdale Quay) and the numbers of the streets increasing the further north you go up the main avenue (Lonsdale Avenue)]

We were going home from a night downtown and got on the 229 that goes up Lonsdale Avenue at Lonsdale Quay and a rather tipsy blonde girl and her giggly friend sat down near us. She spotted a good-looking guy nearby on the bus and began flirting with him:

Blonde: *giggles* Oh, er, can you help us. My friend and I are going to a party and we don’t know how far it is…

Guy: Where’s the party?

Blonde: *giggles* Errrr….corner of Lonsdale and 23rd Street

Guy (obviously unimpressed): About 23 blocks….

Blonde: Oh, right….

Friday, June 17, 2011

Reclaimimg identity

I have noticed how the nature of the talks advertised through church bulletins have changed in recent years. Emblematic in recent weeks for me have ben those advertsised in the Catholic After Hours series in Vancouver. I blogged on the last one on The Black Legend.In the next couple of weeks there are more talks to come. A Short History of Thomism and The Galileo Case

Did you get that? Thomism; An expose of Protestant anti-Catholic propaganda and an exploration of the rights and wrongs of the Galileo Case.

What happened to New Dialogies between Buddhists and Catholic Christianity; What Islam can teach Christians; Whither Ecumenism and the like?

Down the toilet, one must hope. Catholicism is being reclaimed by Catholics. It is a good thing.

The details of the talks are below:

Catholic After Hours - Church
History in June
Sunday June 19th
A Brief History of Thomism
Dr. Christopher S. Morrissey -
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at
Redeemer Pacific College

Sunday June 26th
The Galileo Case--Behind the Conflict
Bayu Dharmasetia
Christian Education and Social Studies departments, Notre
Dame Regional Secondary School
Irish Heather pub, back room Shebeen.
212 Carrall Street in Gastown
6:30 to 8:30pm

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Smart kids and good catechesis

We were sitting in Mass just in front of a family of three kids, Mum and Dad. The Mum (or is it Mom) was explaining all about the early Church to the 5 year old boy before Mass started.

Mom: So St Stephen was the first of the disciples to die...
Son: What about Judas? He was a disciple...
Mom: Uhhhhh....Oh.....Yeah. I forgot about him. St Stephen was the first disciple to be martyred...And he died after Jesus.
Son: OK. I get it.

Two points. The boy knew the story and the detail of the Passion narrative. He also put two and two together from what the Mom was saying.

As the Canadians would say: good job.

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Superstitions of the Sports Fan

Nick Hornby mentions his superstition about throwing white (chocolate) mice into the road before a game. Sportsmen are notoriously superstitious (or have a form of OCD). So, I wore my lucky Canucks T shirt for games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Final but then allowed Mrs P to wash it. Big mistake. We got humped by the Bruins. So I didn't let her wash it between games 4 & 5 and hey, presto! We won.

She is not allowed to touch the T shirt until the series is over. I may smell but it may mean we win.

Go, Canucks!

Hockey Night in Canada #4


Tim Thomas no more infallible than Cory Crawford. Game 6 tomorrow night. Bring it on.

Go, Canucks, go.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

"Spiritual Care Workers"

If you ever encounter these creatures in hospital or elsewhere, shun them like the Black Death. I overheard the following conversation the other day:

Spiritual Care Worker: How was the wedding you went to at the weekend?
Nurse: Oh it was really nice..
SCW: Where was it held?
Nurse: Oh, in a golf club
SCW: Oh that's nice. Coz, like, church weddings can be, like, so exclusive of people who are not faith-believers...

WTF???? So, by the same logic are non-church weddings exclusive of believers?

My experience of SCWs has been usually lapsed Catholics/Christians with bad theology degrees from rubbish colleges or ex-priests or wannabe-womyn-priests. They speak a weird spiritual lingo which masks the vapid content of their speech and are all hugs. They have free access to your loved ones in hospitals and peddle their psychobabble with impunity and usually come with a state salary.

These people are vipers. Their spiritual mantras are greetings-card platitudes. In truth they are agents of state secularism. When I talked to one of them once about Truth she blithely stated "There is no such thing as objective truth" to which my reply was: "Then why should I believe a single word you say?"

The look on her face was priceless.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Hockey Night In Canada #3

Alex Burrows scores after 10 freakin' seconds of OT! The Bruins didn't know what hit them.

2-0 up in the Finals. Go Canucks!

Monday, June 06, 2011

Hockey Night In Canada #2

Remember kids - Dec 25th is Baby Jesus' birthday.

Gotta love Don Cherry.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Hockey Night In Canada #1

Why ten year old boys (and fortysomething men) love hockey:

Bieksa beats the tar out of Viktor Stalberg.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Prayer to our Lady, Help of Christians

Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christian,
how sweet it is to come to your feet imploring your perpetual help.
If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,
how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me?
Grant then to me, I implore you, your perpetual help in all my necessities,
in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations.
I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering.
Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners.
Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life.
Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians, that having invoked you
on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven. Amen.

-St. John Bosco

Thursday, June 02, 2011

In Downtown Vancouver - Sunday Night

Catholic After Hours (OK, strange name, I know).
Sunday June 5th:
"The Black Myth and the Inquisition"
Peter Nation,
religion Dept Head,
St Thomas Aquinas High School
At the Irish Heather Pub, back room Shebeen (I'm sure it's not, like, a proper shebeen)
212, Carrall Street in Gastown
$6 per person

I'll try to get to that....