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Offline Mercyandjustice

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Is Sunday supposed to be joyful or somber?
« on: May 12, 2018, 05:13:33 PM »
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  • When some traditionalist Catholics see a novus ordo Mass with guitars, drums, clapping, etc (which I'm not a fan of ), they seem to say that the Mass is not supposed to have joy in it because we are 'at the foot of the cross' during Mass. First of all I would like to ask where and when this idea arose. From what I know, eastern Christians don't seem to put so much emphasis on this for their divine liturgies. Is this idea simply a tradition of the west?

       Also, is really that bad or evil for there to be some joy at Mass? Sunday is the day of Resurrection, and therefore a day to rejoice, no? I totally understand that the Holy Mass should be reverent and respectful, but isn't it kind of wrong to say that the Mass should be totally somber and dismal? Again, since sunday is a day of Joy and His Resurrection? 

    BTW, I know that the Holy Mass is a true sacrifice. I'm not trying to say it is just a celebration or anything heretical like that

    Christians who preach their doctrine with bitterness and sarcasm don't preach out of love for God or souls, but only to assert dominance over others; out of pride.

    Offline Jaynek

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    Re: Is Sunday supposed to be joyful or somber?
    « Reply #1 on: May 12, 2018, 05:26:05 PM »
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  • The Mass is joyful AND somber. The Mass is everything.  It connects to just about every Divine Mystery in some way.  It transcends space and time so that we are present at the Cross.  Our Lord takes a physical form in the Eucharist, echoing the Incarnation.  We unite with Our Lord, a foretaste of the beatific vision.

    Why would we have just one feeling when touching on so many different spiritual truths?


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