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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Lights, Camera, Roll Film... Action!

As we prepare to enter Holy Week, orthodox Catholics should be checking their cell phones to make sure they understand video recording capabilities and their cell cameras are ready for action.

Get video and audio of the most popular liturgical abuses:

For Palm Sunday - is your priest allowing lay people, especially women, to read parts of the Gospel reserved for the priest for the lengthy Palm Sunday readings?

Get it on video and send a copy to your bishop!
Maybe with a box of microwave popcorn so he can really enjoy the show.

If your bishop is allowing it, get a copy and send it to the papal nuncio and/or the Congregation for Divine Worship. They won't need popcorn - they've got their own.

For Holy Thursday - is your priest washing the feet of anyone other than men?
Roll camera!

For Good Friday - is your congregation doing anything other than walking forward to kiss the cross? Maybe their passing a cross through the crowd, or having a Living Stations in place of or during the Gospel reading?
Roll film!

For Holy Saturday - is there applause for the choir, or applause encouraged from the pulpit at any point in the liturgy! Get it all on film!

Yes, these are the high holy days of the Catholic Church, so these are the days that abuse is most rampant. The more video your bishop gets, the more interested he will be in doing something about it.

In the Middle Ages, patrons subsidized the creation of high art.
With modern technology, we can film performance art with the click of a cell button.
Sure, it ain't liturgy, but it might end up being entertaining for all involved!
Let's find out!


Jim Dorchak said...

Please.... Please tell me you are going to post any vids you get?

It would be fantastically sad, but necessary.

Jim Dorchak

Steve Kellmeyer said...

I'd be happy to.

Nilk said...

Sorry to disappoint you, Steve, but we attended a pontifical solemn Mass for Palm Sunday.

Lay people reading the Liturgy? Nope.

It went for two and a half hours, was all in Latin (except for the homily), and it was AWESOME!

Happy Palm Sunday to you, too!

Matheus F. Ticiani said...

For Palm Sunday - is your priest allowing lay people, especially women, to read parts of the Gospel for the lengthy Palm Sunday readings?

Hey Steve

Aren't lay people allowed to participatein the reading of the Passion Gospel on Palm Sunday?

As for everybody going on a spree with their little electronic pitchforks I'm all for it when it comes to active and resistant heterodox priests, who are extremely arrogant and intolerant to discussion; but let's remember that a lot of priests screw up because they simply didn't learn it right and a self-righteous frenzy isn't very likely to impel them to go the right way. I sure know that if they had a proper formation they would know, but then again, if my uncle were a woman, he would be my aunt.

Let's not confuse a genuine zeal with the neo-Donatist pseudo-zeal of kooky rad-trads.

Steve Kellmeyer said...

Lucky, lucky, lucky....

Of course, I'm going to Latin Mass this morning myself, so I am too... :)

Steve Kellmeyer said...

Happy to accept correction, Matheus! Your link is well taken.

Jim Dorchak said...

"Let's not confuse a genuine zeal with the neo-Donatist pseudo-zeal of kooky rad-trads."

Hey............. Whats wrong with being a neo-Donatist pseudo-zeal of kooky rad-trads?

I for one will not get bottled into the "UN-Charitable" jar for saying the truth. Personally I think we need more rad-trads, and less liberal liver mush sort of catholics.

Jim Dorchak

Jim Dorchak said...

Please forgive me for slandering liver mush.

Jim Dorchak

Matheus F. Ticiani said...


You forgot to mention that between the "liberal liver mush" and the kooky rad-trads are the orthodox Catholics, that may or may not have access to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.

Don't feel offended if you don't need to.

Jim said...

Matheus F. Ticiani

Ok Matheus I will buy that! Lord Jesus knows it is hell trying to find a good Latin Mass in the USA some times. Especially here in the south. I have good Priest friends in the FSSP and SSPX who tell me that their superiors just do not see the demographics in the South for Catholics. I really do not think that they see the big picture sometimes, and in all honesty I am real tired of trying to convince modernist bishops to allow the Mass in the EF.

I am with you in your plight!

Jim Dorchak

Nilk said...

Oh. My. Goodness.

THIS is certainly not how I like my Easter to be celebrated.

I know I'm not the only person who finds this incredibly offensive, but don't these preachers get that the reason for falling church attendance is stunts like that?

Kevin said...


I hear this all the time, and I really get sorta sick about it.

That "on one hand" we have the liberal modernists. On the "other hand", we have your "radtrads" In the "middle" are orthodox Catholics.

This whole "the truth is somewhere in the middle" thing gets repeated constantly, but that doesn't make it any less wrong.

Most the time it's just a clever straw man people invent to justify their ideas.

How about the truth is the truth, and is only located in Christ Jesus, who is truth. Christ is not "left", "right" or "somewhere in between" he's outside that spectrum.