- Additional bells;
- Incense (at Easter and perhaps on other Sundays);
- Precious vessels; and
- Continued use of the Adoremus Hymnal.
Father was asked about Communion under both species and he replied that he plans to continue that practice.
3. End of the Hiatus: Now that there is a decision, The Sheep of Kephas blog will raise its voice again. The petition specifically stated the following:
“We, the undersigned Parishioners of St. Peter, Washington Virginia, respectfully request Fr. Horace Grinnell, Pastor of St. Peter, reinstate one Sunday Mass as previously celebrated.”
As my wife and I said in our very first post concerning the petition:
“Hidden beneath these few simple words is a deep anguish felt by many Parishioners of St. Peter’s Catholic Church concerning the replacement of a longstanding, rich Novus Ordo liturgical expression with something less, something wanting. Instead of a liturgy that reflects the “Holy, holy, holy …” that takes place in Heaven, we are confronted with the imposition of a self-styled, minimalistic celebration of the Holy Mass. What we see now is “correct” and it is “valid.” Yet, we are left with a sense of incompleteness as we leave Mass each Sunday – a sense of near impoverishment.”
4. Our Response: At this time, my wife and I respond to Fr. Grinnell, “You just don’t get it!”
It’s not about “smells and bells” the way the high Anglicans would say. It is about the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It is about adoring and honoring and praising God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Eucharist. It is about giving your utmost and not your least. It is not about throwing some disgruntled parishioners a bone. It is about what we had before Fr. Grinnell came to St. Peter’s. It is about restoring the “status quo ante.”
5. Restitution: For years, the Sheep at St. Peter’s had the inexpressible joy and honor to be served by pastors who made the Mass and the Eucharist the central point of focus in the Parish. As chronicled in this blog, however, bit-by-bit that point of focus has become blurred.
Quite frankly, my wife and I feel that a spiritual crime has been committed. The person in charge of our spiritual finances, our spiritual riches, has embezzled from the spiritual repository that had been built up in St. Peter’s. There has been a theft. What we had has been stolen. A great piece of beautiful spiritual art and grace has been snatched away and replaced by an imitation.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:
“Don’t fly like a barnyard hen when you can soar like an eagle.”
Don’t have a “small town” outlook. Enlarge your heart until it becomes universal – “catholic”. Don’t fly like a barnyard hen when you can soar like an eagle.