So, a non-Catholic attends the Catholic Mass and sees some people in flowing robes bowing before the ‘Pastor’. Before he could take in the shock, the same person bows before a stone altar!Tweet
What?! Later the Priest kisses the book after reading from it! What is happening here? Are we on the same table? Are we all Christians? Later, some people are going to receive Communion and kneel to receive the Communion in their mouth! These Catholics have lost it o! I mean what is happening here?! And if he is ‘fortunate’ enough to witness the incensing of the Altar? He will probably run out or cough or ask if he is in a shrine.
I have witnessed all of these first hand as; you can not be close to me and not attend Mass at least once.
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This tells us that Jesus Christ is the Priest, the Altar and the Lamb of Sacrifice. Ahnahn, how come?
At the Holy Mass, it is believed that Jesus Christ is the Priest (the Reverend Father celebrating the Mass), that Jesus Christ is the Altar (the Altar on which the Reverend Father that is celebrating the Mass prepares the gifts), that Jesus Christ is also the Lamb of Sacrifice (that is the bread and wine that is offered up, which then becomes the body and blood of our Lord).
The gifts here being the Bread and Wine; while God could have transformed any other item into his body and blood, he chose bread and wine; the work of man’s hands, thereby making man a perpetual participatory entity in the Sacrifice of the Holy Mass for all eternity.
How does one Person; a man as much as he is God serve a tripartite purpose at the Holy Mass?
Now, I imagine you are rolling your eyes and saying; “well, is he not God?”
He is, but it goes beyond that. I will invite some of my Priests’ friends to come and contribute to this narrative in the comment section.
Next time you attend the Catholic Mass and you see the Mass Servers/Lectors/Choristers or any other person bow before the Priest, genuflect before the Host (the bread which becomes the body of Christ following the prayers of Consecration) or before the Altar, learn today that they bow before Jesus Christ; THE PRIEST, THE ALTAR and THE LAMB OF SACRIFICE.
Now, you are rolling your eyes again and probably saying; “Why must things be this complicated? abeg, I will pass.”
Well, it invokes in one an awareness of the Sacredness of the celebration to which you have been called as participants along with many others. It invokes in one an awareness of the Divine.
Once, so many years ago (2013); I attended the Osun-Osogbo festival, I chronicled my experiences here https://www.facebook.com/notes/10151791899418011/ , I have republished it here; https://ewaade.com/2019/11/21/the-goddess-of-fertility/ .
Now, people come from the world over for this one festival, people believe that praying by the river religiously would proffer healing properties, confer miracles and work signs and wonders. It’s at the end of the ceremony, at dusk, the Arugba leaves in procession accompanied by worshippers, tourists, mogbomobranch, Priests, Security, Priestesses, etc. who protect the Arugba and ensures she doesn’t trip amidst the admiring crowds as she sways from side-to-side in trance-like motion.
If the traditional African worshippers can take so much time and reverence in worshiping a goddess (of fertility as it is widely acclaimed among the devotees) and dedicate a Virgin to bear Sacrifice for her; how much more you? You, who know and consider your God to be the Supreme God? Now, please what is your attitude when you are in your own Church?
You are chewing gum (because you want your breath to stay fresh), you are replying your messages (because the Pastor is taking too long preaching his sermon), the Choir is boring, you want people to see what gorgeous attire your fashion designer has just come up with (awon slay mama), you are eyeing that rich man who is looking for a contractor, watching his every move to ensure he doesn’t suddenly disappear from the Church (as Man must chop now, pikin dey house, family sef dem dey), you are checking to see if your beards connect (awon beard gang). How many people have you invited to worship in Church? Has anyone traveled from outside your Country to follow you to Church? Do you protect your Church’s teachings and doctrines? Do you allow your friends misbehave when they come to worship at your Church?
Na so one of my friends wey dey go ECWA follow me go Church one day. Na so e reach time for Communion, na so Omo geh wan go receive o. Schwe! see trouble o, Na so Omo girl tell me say she done dey receive Communion for her Church o.Tweet
Na so one of my friends wey dey go ECWA follow me go Church one day (during the Paschal Triduum, this is the best time to attend Mass at the Catholic Church as a non-Catholic). She had participated actively all through the Mass as I make sure to go with an “Order of Mass” booklet and a bulletin when I have non-Catholics worshipping with me. Na so e reach time for Communion, na so Omo geh wan go receive o. Schwe! See me, see trouble o, which kain gbege come be this na? Na so Omo girl tell me say she done dey receive Communion for her Church o. Ah! Omo girl! the Communion you dey receive for your Church and this one no be thesame o. For you to receive this Communion, you must first “Profess the Creed” o, make I no even start with talk of Catechism, it took a lot of convincing and my eyes roving round (like a roaring lion looking for who to devour) to keep my friend from receiving Communion that day o.
Well, the Catholic Church (iya o ni gba, Iya ti o gbagbakugba) has protected and maintained all of these traditions (2 Thessalonians 2:15) as handed down by the Apostles for over 2000 years and over several generations and will not allow anyone tamper with or destroy them.
Till tomorrow morning, the Church still stands, despite all the accusations and counter-accusations that have rented the air that; “Catholics are Idol worshippers”.