PASTOR’S NOTES for October 06-07, 2018
“A little before the consecration, when appropriate, a server rings a bell as a signal to the faithful. According to local custom, the server also rings the bell as the priest shows the host and then the chalice” (GIRM 150). You’ve likely heard the reintroduction of the Sanctus Bells during the Eucharist Prayer. Many have commented on how their return reminds them (pleasantly) of childhood days. I’ve not reintroduced them simply to lead people on a sentimental journey, but to remind people of the Sacramental Joy we experience in the midst of the Eucharistic Prayers. We ring them four times: 1) the Epiclesis (calling down of the Holy Spirit upon the gifts to consecrate bread and wine into Body and Blood of Christ), 2) the elevation of the Consecrated Host, 3) the elevation of the Consecrated Blood in the chalice, and 4) the Great Amen of the people. And each ring is (ideally) done three times to remind us of the presence of the Triune God. A traditional (optional) pious practice at the elevation of the Host and Chalice is for the lay faithful to say to themselves privately the words of St Thomas upon seeing the Risen Lord, “My Lord and My God” (John 20:28) at the presence of Christ Glorified Body and Blood present before us.
A nice reflection I found on-line regarding the Sanctus Bells: “The Mass is a full body experience. We experience the Mass through our eyes. We listen to the music, and the word of God. We smell the incense wafting in the air. We consume the Body and Blood of Jesus. We feel the kneeler against our knees. During the Mass all five of our senses are engaged. During the Consecration we even hear Sanctus bells ringing out in praise to God. As the psalmist proclaimed in Psalm 98 “Make a Joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! With trumpets and the sound of the Horn make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD! Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it…” The Sanctus bells ring out of pure Joy before the Lord, being made present on the Altar of Sacrifice. They demonstrate that something amazing is taking place. Something completely life changing… Our God is here. In a concrete way, the Sanctus bells shake us out of our apathy and awaken our spirits, and our mind to what is taking place. They seem to scream look at what the Lord has done for you. Look at him! Just as Moses hoisted a bronze serpent before the Israelites who had been bitten and they were healed, our Savior is elevated by the priest and we gaze upon him (Numbers 21: 9).” (Kaleb Trojacek, 22 Feb 2018, https://iccorsicana.org/news/crotalus)
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Rosary Coast-to-Coast – We are inviting the entire parish to join Catholics across the country to call upon God in prayer through the powerful intercession of Our Lady of the Rosary to heal our country and return it to Holiness. The parish will publicly recite the Rosary today Sunday, Oct 7 at 5:30p prior to the 6p Mass.
Holy Family, Pray for us.
~ Fr. Gries