Monday, December 27, 2010

Brick by brick in Calbayog

As I have posted before, faithfulness to liturgical norms is a dream still to be seen as a reality in the Archdiocese of Manila as long as we have an archbishop who just follows everything that Frs. A and G tell him to do.

We will never see this altar arrangement in the Cathedral of Manila

That is Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Joseph Adams, incensing the altar of the Calbayog Cathedral on the occasion of the diocese's centenary.

Note the Benedictine arrangement.  Please note that the altar cross is on the side of the altar and NOT on the altar.  While some traditionalist might sneer at this, let us be thankful that the candle arrangement is in tune with the wishes of our Holy Father.

Unlike those of Frs. A and G where candles are on the floor near the altar and NOT on the altar simply because they reason out that you do not put candles on the altar.  Just that.  No other reasoning whatsoever.

I think it is more of ideology rather than faithfulness to liturgical tradition that these men put these things out.

Whom do we follow?  The Pope or these two liturgists who claim they know more than the pope?


  1. I thought the "reason" for not putting candles on the altar was to avoid blocking the view of the priest. Though I must confess that even after hearing the "reasons" for goofy things (like no candles on the altar and shoving the tabernacle off to the side), I understand them less than ever.

    The bricks are gradually going up even in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S.A. The pastor of a tiny parish 50 miles away has invited my even tinier chant schola to chant Mass parts in Latin for his Novus Ordo Masses every other Sunday. It is the only parish within 300 miles of where I live that has the Tridentine Mass (alas, not on Sundays, but it is celebrated Saturday evening). We sang yesterday for the Christmas morning Mass (Novus Ordo), which featured, among other things:

    -- Father turning toward the tabernacle during the Credo, and making the congregation kneel for "Et incarnatus est..."

    -- Father reciting the canon of the Mass in Latin, from "Hanc igitur..." to "Per Ipsum, cum Ipsum, in Ipso..."

    -- Down-to-earth, no-punches pulled, orthodox Catholic preaching.

    -- No nut stuff whatsoever.

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  2. Thanks for the lovely comment Anita. I am also happy to know that your priest is sticking faithfully to Tradition. The priest who catechizes his flock through the faithful observance of liturgical rubrics brings his faithful closer to the Lord and basic task his ordination demands of him. Send my love and prayers to your priest.

    Thanks for the follow. I visited your blog and I am enjoying reading your posts. I will add you to my blog list.

    God bless and keep up the good work!

  3. It is a very beautiful setting of the Altar. It is very Anglo-Catholic!

  4. I'd rather obey the rules of the Pope. Because He knows what's good for the Church than those people who thinks than the Holy Father the Pope.

    I just want to share some experiences.
    My Logic professor when I was in college thinks that he knows everything when he was assigned as a chairman for the Holy Mass committee.That time I was the chief acolyte in our school and As I was arranging the altar I started to place 6 candelabras on it for the High Mass but he insisted to take it off and placed 2 small candles na inilagay sa maliit na baso na walang metalic holder and told me to get out of his way.