This is a serious problem since the Council, of course, we are not speaking only of the number of souls not properly prepared for Communion receiving in grave sin that have exploded in numbers.
But the priesthood itself has lost reverence for the Eucharist in so many cases. This of course, comes with the loss of reverence in the Mass.
And we have seen tabernacles put aside and chairs for these priests taking their place.
I don't like to discuss the horrors going on these times because they lead towards such grief that it is too much to bear.
But I want to address some current issues that simply have
to be addressed.
In the Austrian news there was a report of 80 hosts stolen from the Diocese of Graz-Seckau. The commentary from the Diocese included this quote from the Episcopal Vicar:
"The tabernacle was broken into and unknown persons stole 80 hosts."
Episcopal Vicar Heinrich Schnuderl commented on the robbery of the All Holiest, "horrified":
"The desecration of a host is for us Christians an attack against the center of our faith."
It is manifestly not clear any more, that the Host in the tabernacle, "the body of Christ", is the All Holy for Catholics.
The Episcopal Vicar identified the sacrilege, supposedly, with "a Toraroll in the Jewish Synagogue or an Islamic Koran, and also comparable to the desecration of a grave for example, in a Jewish graveyard."
I trust everyone understands there is so much wrong with the above quote. A Toraroll in a Jewish Synagogue. An Islamic Koran. A Jewish.. graveyard..
In the blogosphere there've been two exposes about two now common practices in the new liturgy.
Communion in the Hand, and the use of extra large sized hosts.
I would like to post the pictures showing what the results of these two practices are.
First the use of extra large sized hosts that have to be broken into pieces for the Communicants:
The priest who took the pictures describes the experience of breaking these hosts:
'. . . when these are "broken" after the Consecration of the Mass, during the "Breaking of the Bread" that large fragments of the host fly all over the place, on clothes, corporal, floor and elsewhere. I saw this happen this morning. . . I was breaking the large breads and realized that against my black trousers and the florescent light, I could see large and small fragments flying everywhere! If I had filmed this in slow motion, it would look like these fragments would become like an aerosol spray or a sneeze from a person’s mouth filmed in slow motion. One can’t see this during Mass with the white altar cloth background and the lighting of the Church. I have already made a decision no longer to use the large, whole wheat hosts because I would find large fragments on the corporal after the Breaking of the Bread. But I had no idea to what extent this was happening. On top of that, the broken hosts from the large one have a very jagged edge with large fragments easily falling as these are given to communicants.'
I can only think of the judgement of God..
[To see even unconsecrated hosts taken pictures of in 'Tupperware'. . . I am shaking my head.]
The second series of photos are of a black glove and regular unconsecrated hosts -- showing again, what happens with Communion in the hand.
The glove before
, the glove after
As you can see before the glove holds the host, and after, there are fragments of the host left behind.
This is not inconsequential. This is beyond human comprehension of consequence, it is so deep and terrible.
A child could understand this. When people do not -- there is a reason.
The relaxation of any real discipline in regards to the Eucharist has happened for many reasons. But what can be done to stop this?
What we can do is make laypeople and priests aware of these photographs and these problems, and pray, and write letters, and petition for these practices to be banned because of the consistent sacrilegious treatment of Christ.. trampled under the feet of men, ignored, neglected, treated like nothing of importance, even by those who should love Him best, care for Him, and serve Him in all.
We can make people aware of what is happening to Our Lord.
We can fight for the love of our Lord and make reparation for those who neglect Him, in the tabernacle.