Sunday, April 27, 2014

Answering Anonymous Poster's Questions.

This is my response to an Anonymous poster's comments with his/her questions that were in my last post found here.    Anonymous' comments are in blue while mine is in black. 

"Our Statutes explains how we are to celebrate the Easter Vigil"
Where do you statutes explain how you are to celebrate the Vigil? 

It is found on pages 35-36 in the Statutes. 

"This same Roman Missal says that the Easter Vigil must be celebrated the night until daybreak on Sunday morning" 
Please provide the quote from the source indicating that the Vigil *must* be celebrated until daybreak.  Can you explain why the Pope's vigil Mass did not go until daybreak? 

The Roman Missal is found in this weblink here.    According to the Roman Missal, (written in red): 

The Vigil, by its very nature, "ought to take place at night" (EV, no. 3).  It is not begun before nightfall and should end before daybreak on Easter Sunday.

(The bold is my emphasis.)  If you cannot comprehend the words "ought" and "should", you may use the internet dictionary I provided for you here.  As for the Pope's vigil mass, you ask why he did not go until daybreak?  If I give you the same answer as the Traditional Catholics in Junglewatch, would that answer satisfy you??  THEIR answer is because he's the Pope and as Pope, he can break all the rules he wants.   

"Also, what you don't know is that the Easter Vigil we celebrate in the Way is one with the parish Easter Vigil."  Because you say it is?  No, you are deluded I'm sorry to say. There is to be one Easter Vigil in the parish, one Paschal candle per church, and you are simply telling lies.   

This is why I don't post in Junglewatch.  Here you are already calling me deluded and accusing me of telling lies rather than discussing the topic of discussion in a civil manner.  The celebrations of the Way (which includes the Eucharist, Reconciliation, and Easter Vigil) is one with the celebrations of the Parish Church.  And this is not because I say so.  It is because the Catholic Church says so.  The Catholic Church has always believed in the "communion of saints".  According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (written in red): 

CCC 950  Communion of the sacraments.  "The fruit of all the sacraments belongs to all the faithful. All the sacraments are links uniting the faithful with one another and binding them to Jesus Christ, and above all Baptism, the gate by which we enter into the Church.  The communion of saints must be understood as the communion of the sacraments....the name 'communion' can be applied to all of them, for they unite us to God...But this name is better suited to the Eucharist than to any other, because it is primarily the Eucharist that brings this communion about."   

In other words, the Catholic Church teaches that we are united as one family of God regardless of whether one parish celebrates at 7:00 p.m. and another parish celebrates at 10:00 p.m.  or whether one Church celebrates in the Philippines and another Church celebrates in Singapore.  We believe and profess that the Church is ONE, holy, catholic, and apostolic. The Catholic Church is one....meaning that it does not matter where you are located.  All Catholics, whevever they are assembled or gathered together in worship, are one, united, and linked to each other through Christ and the Sacraments He instituted. 

The Catholic Church teaches us that through the "communion of saints" death cannot separate us from our brothers and sisters in Heaven and in Purgatory.  We are one with them.  Since death cannot separate us from the Saints in Heaven and the souls in Purgatory, we also know that time and distance cannot separate us from our brothers and sisters on this planet.  All Catholics and their sacred celebrations are all connected to each other. 

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