Friday, May 4, 2012
Mass Engages All of Our Senses
There’s a great post at Shameless Popery by Joe Heschmeyer. Here are the introduction and conclusion; read the interesting details of Old Testament, Early Christian, and heavenly worship here.
One of the most beautiful things about Catholic worship, particularly when it's done well, is that it's a full-body experience. We smell the incense, we sing Psalms and hymns (and hear these being sung), we listen to the Scriptures and the homily, we see the Sacrifice of the Mass (and the priest's liturgical gestures are loaded with meaning), we kneel, sit, stand, we taste the Blessed Sacrament, we embrace at the sign of peace. The Liturgy reflects the Catholic view of the body, and of matter, and our deep-seated belief that Creation should give glory to God. It's also consistent with the worship of the Old Testament, of the early Christians, and of the apparent Heavenly Liturgy described in the Book of Revelation.