“We can have the most beautiful Liturgy in the World, but without love it is for nothing.”

2014+Pontifical+Mass-36-3106456286-O

The video below is of Archbishop Alexander Sample’s homily on the Liturgy, which he offered on Quinquegesima Sunday at the Brigittine Monastery of Our Lady of Consolation. Wow! Wonderful homily. One of my favorite quotes from it is: “We can have the most beautiful Liturgy in the World, but without love it is for nothing.” The Mass is not about us, but about Christ. Everything we do is a call to give the glory to God that is due him. The Liturgy is a wonderful opportunity to grow in our love of Christ and deepen our faith. Beautiful liturgies have played a great part in my life, especially in inspiring my vocation. I give thanks for being able to be a part of many beautiful liturgies over the year. We are blessed to celebrate beautiful liturgies at the seminary and it really adds to the spiritual growth that our men experience at Bishop Bruté. The love of the priests in my life for God has shown by how they celebrate the Mass and it trull has deepened my faith.

No matter whether the Mass is celebrated in the Novus Ordo, Byzantine, Dominican, Carmelite, Extraordinary, or another Rite/Form the Liturgy is a way to bring Heaven to Earth, to interact with the people in a very real way and draw them closer to God. Our love of God should echo in the ways in which we attend and celebrate Mass. Our movements, gaze, voice, everything we do leads us to God in extremely intimate ways.

May Our Lady queen of priests, always help priests and those who assist them to celebrate beautiful liturgies, truly worthy of the sacrifice being offered. As we near Holy Week and the Triduum, may our hearts and minds be on Christ, the mysteries we celebrate, and may we be granted the graces to serve at his Altar’s worthily, and with much love. Amen.

 

The Beautiful Hands of the Priest

We need them in life’s early morning, 
we need them again at its close; 
We feel their warm clasp of friendship, 
we seek them when tasting life’s woes. 
At the altar each day we behold them, 
and the hands of a king on his throne 
Are not equal to them in their 
greatness; their dignity stands all alone; 
And when we are tempted and wander 
to pathways of shame and sin, 
It’s the hand of a priest that will absolve 
us—-not once, but again and again; 
And when we are taking life’s partner, 
other hands may prepare us a feast, 
But the hand that will bless and unite 
us is the beautiful hand of a priest. 
God bless them  and keep them all holy 
For the Host which their fingers caress; 
When can a poor sinner do better than 
to ask Him to guide thee and bless? 
When the hour of death comes upon us 
may our courage and strength be increased. 
By seeing raised over us in anointing the 
beautiful hands of a priest!

Author Unknown