The bells tell us to “pay attention” Jesus is
here.The ringing of bells during
Mass is an ancient tradition that calls the attention of the person at Mass to
the central reason for being there, that is, the making present of the Body and
Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.Because there are people who do not know their faith
very well, or there may be non-Catholic visitors at Mass, or because people get
distracted during Mass, the bells tell us that something very important and
holy is happening. When the Mass was in Latin, the bells were important to let
the people in church know that they were at the holiest part of the Mass.The use of the bells, at one time
universal in the Latin Rite, fell into disuse after the Second Vatican Council
directions that Church gives us for celebrating the Mass, called the “General
Instruction of the Roman Missal,” says in #150 ‘A little before the
consecration, when appropriate, the 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 then the chalice.”We ring the bells three times because those are the rules the Church
gives us for offering the Mass.The first time, they are rung at the “epiclesis” when the priest calls
down the Holy Spirit upon the bread and wine.Then they are rung when the priest shows the people the Body
of Christ and then when he shows them the Blood of Christ. Sometimes, each time
the bells are rung, they are rung three distinct times in quick
succession.The reason for this
set of three is to remind us of the Holy Trinity—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Father, What is the difference between something being sacrilegious, a heresy, and blasphemous?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
2089 Incredulity is the neglect of revealed truth or the willful refusal to assent to it. "Heresyis the obstinate post-baptismal denial of some truth which must be believed with divine and catholic faith, or it is likewise an obstinate doubt concerning the same; apostasy is the total repudiation of the Christian faith; schism is the refusal of submission to the Roman Pontiff or of communion with the members of the Church subject to him." 2120 Sacrilegeconsists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God. Sacrilege is a grave sin especially when committed against the Eucharist, for in this sacrament the true Body of Christ is made substantially present for us. 2148 Blasphemyis directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God - inwardly or outwardly - words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one's speech; in misusing God's name. St. James condemns those "who blaspheme that honorable name [of Jesus] by which you are called." The prohibition of blasphemy extends to language against Christ's Church, the saints, and sacred things. It is also blasphemous to make use of God's name to cover up criminal practices, to reduce peoples to servitude, to torture persons or put them to death. The misuse of God's name to commit a crime can provoke others to repudiate religion.
Blasphemy is contrary to the respect due God and his holy name. It is in itself a grave sin.
Heresy is OBSTINATE post-baptismal denial of the Truth of the faith.
You cannot be a heretic if:
1.) You are not baptized.
2.) You say something once or perhaps twice.
3.) You are talking about something that is not part of the divinely revealed faith of the Church
---You cannot be a heretic by teaching against the apparitions of Fatima
---You cannot be a heretic by teaching in favor of married clergy
---You CAN be a heretic by continually supporting women's ordination
---You can be a heretic by continually supporting abortion or same sex unions.
Sacrilege is disrespecting the sacraments or sacred things.
for example: disrespecting the Eucharist, vandalizing a Church or Bible, seriously harming a priest or religious
Blasphemy is speaking ill of God or misusing His name:
The casual use of the Lord's name, as an expletive of surprise, disgust, or cursing.
says that we should not call anyone on earth our father.We only have one father; our Father in
heaven, so why do we refer to as priests as “Father”?Isn’t that in direct violation of Jesus’ teaching?
You are talking about Matthew 23:9.It is very dangerous to pluck
Scripture quotations out of context.While there are those who say we should call no man “father,” yet that
same passage says that we should call no one “teacher.” These same people have
no problem saying they are a “Sunday School teacher.”Furthermore, Psalm 53:2 says “There is no God.”In order, to understand that statement,
we need to read it in context. The full context says, “Fools in their heart
say, ‘There is no God.’”Jesus
here is using a literary device called hyperbole, or exaggeration; like Matthew
5:29, where Jesus says, “If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.”Jesus does NOT want us to do bodily
harm to ourselves but rather is making a point by the use of exaggeration.If we are not to call anyone on earth
our father than the New Testament is violating Jesus’ command several times
over; for example: John 8:56, Luke 15, Mark 15:21, Matthew 10:21, etc.For example, In Luke 12:53, Jesus talk
about a family being divided over belief in Him and says “a father will be
divided against his son and a son against his father.”Is Jesus contradicting His own
commandment? In 1John 2:13-14, it reads “I write to you, fathers,” was St. John
disobeying the Lord’s command? And what about St. Paul, who wrote in Romans 4:
16, “follow the faith of Abraham, who is the father of all of us.”Was St. Paul disobeying the teaching of
Christ?Or what about 1Thess
2:11“As you know, we treated each
one of you as a father treats his children.”In Phil1:9 and 1Cor 4:15, St. Paul talks about begetting spiritual
children. Because it is often the priest that baptizes new Christians, priests
are called ‘father” because, like St. Paul, they have become the spiritual
father of those reborn in Christ.
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THE DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH
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"At times one encounters an extremely reductive understanding of the Eucharistic mystery. Stripped of its sacrificial meaning, it is celebrated as if it were simply a fraternal banquet." -- Pope John Paul II
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Although each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, at his choice, if any communicant should wish to receive the Sacrament in the hand, in areas where the Bishops’ Conference with the recognitio of the Apostolic See has given permission, the sacred host is to be administered to him or her. However, special care should be taken to ensure that the host is consumed by the communicant in the presence of the minister, so that no one goes away carrying the Eucharistic species in his hand. If there is a risk of profanation, then Holy Communion should not be given in the hand to the faithful. -- Redemptionis Sacramentum #92 ( March 2004)
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