I wrote an entry about our family's visit to a parish in Grand Rapids, and my reaction to what went on there. I received a comment from a VERY upset older gentleman, who has been a parishioner his entire life. I have deleted my post, as it seems to have caused scandal for him, and that is never my intent. If his feelings have been hurt, I apologize.
However, regardless of one's lifelong affiliation with a parish, or their sentimental attachment to their "parish community", there is no excuse for the words of the consecration of the Sacred Host to be ad-libbed. I am speaking specifically of the "Hoc est enim corpus meum" : THIS IS MY BODY , and the consecration of the Precious Blood, likewise. I am not a canon lawyer, I am a 15 year old kid. But I know when the consecration is not happening because the priest is making up the words of consecration. This renders the Mass invalid.
IF the priest was reading one of the Eucharistic Prayers approved by canon law, word for word, then we were wrong and the Mass was valid. IF the priest read some of the words of institution and added or deleted others, it is possible that this rendered it illicit (which is written to be a grave sin...) but does not invalidate the essential form.
I hope that we all misheard the words spoken by the priest during the consecration. If not, there is a serious problem at that parish. Either way, I wasn't going to take a chance of partaking in a potentially invalid Holy Communion.
I wrote the article to point out how a "horizontal" approach to liturgy can lead to grave theological errors and possibly even violations of canon law. It is CHRIST we should be focusing on, not our "community", not our "parish family".
I have removed my previous post, not because I think anything in it was wrong, but because it has caused pain to someone. I believe that more good can be done by pointing out the issues mentioned in a general way, and I will not use names of parishes in the future if criticizing them.
I don't spend my time ripping on other parishes. But, this is the problem with what has happened to Catholicism today. You should be able to go ANY Catholic church ANYWHERE and have it be the same. (Or at least know that it will be licit and valid). This "designer" mentality about the church has removed the focus from God to ourselves.
I am glad to know that others are reading this blog than my little circle of high school friends. I would recommend to all that read this that they also check out some very good other blogs, including Father Z's wdtprs.com/blog.