Tuesday, November 3


Another Thought

It occurred to me recently during a Solemn Mass what a wonderful symbol (however unintended and Rorschach-like it might be) the humeral veil is as a representation of God's mercy. The subdeacon, not being ordained in the way that priest or deacon is, is not worthy to touch even the paten, yet he is entrusted with it, and even, hiding behind his upturned, muffled hands, plays the part of the veiled seraph, because God has given him the veil to cover his sinful self--the grace, the strength, the means to be found worthy of transcending the old Adam entering into the sacred mysteries. God does all the hard work in changing our hearts if we just say the word, down to giving us His Son as the perfect sacrifice to give back to Him as thanksgiving.

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