Another “little thing" Now that everyone is paying better attention to what’s happening at the altar during Mass, I direct your attention to the small and simple action when the deacon or the assistant concelebrant or the presider pours a little water into the wine before placing it with the bread to be consecrated. As often happens, the prayer (said silently) gives us an idea of the meaning of this small ritual element: By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity. Commentators on [...]
Remembering Fr. Joseph Laenen, O. Praem. The Rev. Joseph C. Laenen, a priest of Daylesford Abbey, died on July 30, 2019 at the age of 94. Fr. Laenen was born in Poederlee, Belgium on May 15, 1925. He entered the Norbertine abbey of Tongerlo in Belgium on Sept. 15, 1944 and was ordained to the priesthood on August 12, 1951 by Bishop Joseph Brems. The following is from an article written in 2014. 50 years ago, in November 1964, a young Belgian priest, not yet forty, lay side-by-side with a confrere on the floor of a tiny prison cell [...]
“Heavies” chime in on “Little Things Mean A Lot” “…every time the faithful gather to celebrate liturgy they are thereby united with the communion of saints in sacramental holiness. While the Eucharist may be a particular, even singular, event in time and space, it always bears universal significance beyond the limits of spatiotemporal continuity, inasmuch as it is always the assembly together with the world church that celebrates. Put differently, the world church always celebrates the liturgy through this particular assembly…. Through different rites and prayers we can observe the dynamic process whereby people in a given context come into communion [...]
Daylesford Abbey Launches a New Website Daylesford Abbey, located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, has just completed the development of a new website. The new site is visually driven and organized to provide site visitors with the ability to quickly and easily find content. From Mass times to information on Vocations; from information on our retreats and programs to details about our Abbey's history, the new website is as dynamic as it is beautiful.
Previously we considered the carrying of fragments of consecrated bread from the consecrated loaf used at the papal Mass to the celebrations about to occur in parish churches. That was a second example of mixing. There is yet another example of mixing: at the fraction rite in both the papal Mass as well as those in the parishes, deacons would bring forth large cups of unconsecrated wine from the sacristy. Other deacons would take pieces from the newly consecrated loaf on the altar and drop a piece into each of these chalices which were then consecrated by immixtio and not by [...]
Little Things Mean a Lot #2 If the ancient Roman immixtio/commixtio/mixing was a privileged expression of ONE Eucharist across time; a second purpose of the rite was to unite all the celebrations of the Eucharist in one place (city) on one day. At the fraction rite during the papal Mass ministers at the table of the Lord would take large pieces of the consecrated bread to all the parish churches of the city so that the priests presiding at those services could drop the consecrated bread into the ONE large cup (we’ll come back to that “ONE cup” next week) of [...]
Little Things Mean a Lot #1 If you pay close attention to the priest at the altar during the singing of the Lamb of God you will see him break off a small piece of the consecrated bread and drop it into the chalice. What’s the meaning of this small, quickly occurring act? (I’m glad you asked.) Its technical liturgical name is immixtio or commixtio, an ancient rite expressing the belief that the communio of the Eucharist occurs across space and time. Looking at the origin of this mixing in ancient practice enables us to understand the rite’s meaning today and [...]