Comments: Gratuitous Catholic Observation

If I recall correctly, Joseph Campbell referred to it as keeping the "Thou" rather than "You" in your spiritual life. When approached with love and reverence, high mass is a very moving experience that provides a connection.

I'm glad it's back.

Posted by CJ at June 29, 2008 06:17 PM

Well, in a sense, Tolkien had nothing else to compare it to as he "only" had the Tridentine mass. But I get that same feeling, of timelessness.

Theologically, one is in different time in Mass; in that the Church believes that there was only one sacrifice, in participating in Mass one is participating in Christ's sacrifice, extended through time and space so that we might experience it. In the new mass, I get the feel of that clearly from time to time. In a high mass, it's much more intensely focused.

Part of it is the Latin, too -- the liturgical language, like Hebrew, outside of time.

I recently attended a Bar Mitzvah, and I had a similar experience as the Tabernacle was opened (containing, of course, the five scrolls of the Pentateuch). The sense that this was the same law that was contained in the Ark, the sense of the holy and ancient.

To Him, outside of time, it probably looks like one act, where all of us are present. He need do nothing more than once; we are privileged to participate in that act He decided upon at the beginning of time.

We're brought into his space and time.

Posted by The Abbot at June 29, 2008 07:58 PM