How do images of the saints bear witness to the paschal mystery?
Come and bring heaven to earth, to that earth from which you formed humanity.
So much of the analysis of liturgy remains focused on the words in the books or even the words recited or repeated in assemblies, and this with an uncritical, unarticulated assumption that the discursive content of those texts impact/shape the ideas or imaginations of most of the participants. The individual performances and ongoing practices of a rite/ritual/liturgy are so much more and most often a matter of non-discursive, semiotic (if you will) patterns …
Let’s hope the document isn’t a boring one either.
You are the brilliant promise of light. Your justice is luminous and clear. Come and dawn on us.
Very unusually, the central figure of this composition is Judas.
Come and unlock our prison doors, dissolve the shadows of death in the light of your presence.
Now, “Midnight Mass” is for the most part just one more piece of Catholic lore that has bitten the dust. The holdouts are getting to be few and far between.
When I was a child, stillness prevailed in our home on Christmas Eve. Bedtime was early and quiet was counseled, despite the excitement. I’m sure I was more excited about the coming of Santa than the coming of the Christ Child, yet I learned to be silent and still before so great an expectation.