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Today everyone seems to be gaga over live-streamed Masses, but there’s something about it all that doesn’t sit well with me. I’m not sure about it. Can you explain this? What’s your opinion?

 
All of this came about because the bishops were too cowardly to assert that the Mass is an essential service to Catholics. They could have said that during the corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic, Masses will continue, but with reasonable health safety precautions. Social distancing could be observed. With a minimal homily, and with Eucharistic Prayer II, the Novus Ordo Mass could be celebrated in less than 15 minutes; similarly a traditional Low Mass could be celebrated relatively quickly. Communion on the tongue could be mandated, and communion in the hand could be forbidden because it is unsanitary. People could be told to leave immediately after the conclusion of the Mass. Volunteers could sanitize the pews for the next Mass. Crowding could be controlled by limiting the attendance to no more than 10 persons at a time, perhaps even scheduling things with a reservation system.[1] And with special permission, priests could celebrate multiple Masses in a day, perhaps even every hour if needed. All of this could have been done as a reverent mass production (excuse the pun). But it wasn’t. The bishops slunk away with their tails between their legs, hiding the truth that many of them were quite happy to comply with the restrictions because many of them don’t believe the Eucharist is very important anyway.

And as they were slinking, they cried out, “We will live stream our Masses!”

That was like throwing scraps to the dogs.

Technology can communicate information, but God’s presence cannot be communicated by staring at pixels on a computer screen.

By holding out the pretense of “live-streamed Masses” the bishops have reduced the Mass to the insipid level of a Protestant service where there is no real presence of God. Protestants don’t mind televised services because to them prayer is all in their hearts—or to be more psychologically exact, in their heads. But to a Catholic the Mass is all in the Eucharist, and a real Catholic has to be there physically to be in the Real Presence of God.

Still, most Catholics today do not believe in the Real Presence in the Eucharist, and many bishops take seditious satisfaction in perpetuating this false belief that there is no Real Presence and that the Mass is just about human fellowship. Thus the concept of live-streamed Masses has a diabolical origin. Live-streamed Masses are scraps to the dogs. And demons gloat.

Nevertheless, if people want to participate in this absurdity, let them do what they want. I, however, want nothing to do with it. For me, Sundays now are days of lamentation with prayers of reparation and exorcism.

 
Prayers for Dire Times

Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (adapted)

Prayer Against Satan and the Rebellious Angels (adapted)

 

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Notes

1. This sounds like a good idea, but as it has been developing as some restrictions have lessened, there is a dark side to it. It’s a nefarious thing called Contact Tracing, such that names and contact information of persons signing up for sacraments are collected and reported to the government, all with the silent consent of the priests involved. Even though the intent is to locate and contain individuals testing positive for corona virus (COVID-19), still, if you don’t want the police to “reach out” to you with handcuffs eventually, it would be best to avoid any parish activities that require you to provide your personal information.

 


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