Saturday, January 19, 2013

Altar boys: meant to be icons of reverence, pointing us to Christ

Related: "And they don't even charge admission!" (Musings, January 18, 2009) -- This is a post on what I like about the prescribed gestures of the priest and servers in the Mass of the Traditional Latin Rite -- even a Low Mass, such as that which I describe here. Every gesture conspires, not to distract, but to draw one's attention to Christ Crucified and Glorified.

Just look at the posture of the servers below! They are saying the Confíteor during the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar. Where do you see anything like that in our Novus Ordo liturgies? We should! The example from the video above looks like an ad orientem Novus Ordo liturgy.

Reverence should be embodied! If our outward comportment suggests a casual bonhomie and indifference to the Presence of Christ the King in our midst, why should we be surprised at the attitudes we encounter among Catholics these days?

[Hat tip to Fr. Z.]