Monday, May 27, 2013

GULP Alert: On the knees or Outstretched arms?


I am ranting here!!!


Because everyone has the power to bless using the posture reserved only for priests!

It still is a big wonder to me why priests would ask those in the church to stretch out their hands and "pray over" those who they wanted to pray for.

Gosh!  Do you do this when you pray someone ALL THE TIME?!?!

The liturgical act of praying over someone, by laying hands over the person or object or place is reserved for the ordained!  This practice was only common among Protestants who do not believe in the ordained priesthood and which was "adopted" by Catholics right after Vatican II, no thanks to Cardinal Leo Suennens who "championed" Pentecostalism into the Church and ooo!, by the way, innovated and introduced Communion by the Hand, even if it was not approved by the Church or even practiced for hundreds of years...  call it rebellion sugar-coated as "organic development".

And mind you, the US Bishops even asked the Holy See to permit the faithful to pray with outstretched arms.  And what did you get?  A big fat NO!

So what do you have here?

Lay people praying over another lay person.

We love to become Protestant rather than being Catholic, don't we?

Thanks to this priest of San Isidro Parish, Las Pinas near SM Southmall who asked the congregation to pray over all mothers in attendance on Mother's Day.

As if his blessing is not enough!

As if the outstretched arms of the lay people would cause anything!

To my dear brothers and sisters in the Catholic Charismatic Movement!

I love you so dearly but please!  I beg of you!


Praying on our knees is more Biblical!

"When Daniel knew that the document had been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open toward Jerusalem; and he got down upon his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously."  (Daniel 6:10)

And you can read more about praying on your knees in Kings 8:54, Ezra 9:5, Psalm 95:6, Isaiah 45:23, Daniel 6:10, Micah 6:6,  Luke 22:41, Acts 7:60, Acts 9:40, Acts 20:36, Romans 11:4, Romans 14:11, Ephesians 3:14, Philippians 2:10.

So, Father, can I ask you this?

When you ask us to pray for you, do this for us ok?

Kneel and we'll pray over you that you may be granted your prayers!

When you ask for donations for the repair of the church or any project that needs financial assistance...

Kneel and we'll pray over you that you may be granted your prayers!

Go ahead dear lay people!  Keep stretching your arms!

Be the priest or cleric you are not!

Why don't you go find an empty confessional raise you arms as if giving an absolution and post it on Facebook?

Dear priests!

Keep on doing this liturgical nonsense especially inviting the uncatechized and you add more people who get confused about the laity and ordained ministry!

Go ahead!  Continue the confusion!

All for the sake of making the Mass.......LESS BORING!

PS:  Priests who work so hard to make the Mass less boring are telling Catholics, that the Mass, Calvary re-enacted, itself is boring, so they need to run it like it is their own Wowowee show!

You see this as boring?

Then go!  And entertain us!


1 comment:

  1. Yung second photo, ang tingin ko parang hindi sila nag pray over, para silang nag SWASTIKA sa panahon ni Hitler, para bang dumaan si Hitler sa harap nila. Para sa paningin ko, more of a SWASTIKA yung gesture than a pray over.