World Concelebration Day

And it came to pass that the priest announced, not without a tone of very special satisfaction, that on that particular festivity a total of seven priests would be concelebrating the Mass. Not, mind, all from the same Country, but from several of them, located in three different Continents.

Some “ahh” and “ohh” of delighted surprise was clearly audible, as if the showmaster had announced a guest of particular importance. Thankfully, most remained perfectly silent, and yours truly thought that perhaps, just perhaps, we will avoid the deepest part of the pit.

At the consecration, you would have thought it was the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games: fourteen arms stretched to make what the celebrant was doing perfectly well anyway; of which twelve, mind, belonging to priests rather perfectly inactive the rest of the time – the altar “boy”, perhaps in his Seventies, would certainly not be displaced so easily – and who at least helped by the distribution, thus showing the air fare from India or Mexico has been a wise investment after all.

Was the consecration more effective because of the fourteen stretched arms? Was it more “international” because the arms belonged to priests from three Continents? Is there a special grace in having India and Mexico represented?

Well, exactly…



Posted on August 16, 2013, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. My main question on the concelebration in general is, who of the “concelebrants” is actually acting “in persona Christi”. I have not heard a convincing answer on this question.


  2. Now if they were all concelebrating mass “in their own languages” at the same time, that would be really something. 🙂

  3. I know I am among friends here when I point out that a concelebrated Mass is still ONE Mass. It’s not Mass to the Nth power, or Mass times N which, unfortunately, is what I believe most people in the pews think it is. If a hundred bishops are concelebrating then, it is believed, the host is even more consecrated than if Mass were said by a single, lowly priest.

    A priest I know opined that one of the reasons for the crisis in the Church and the world today is that there is less grace due to dramatically fewer Masses being said. Where those hundred concelebrating bishops would have each said an individual daily Mass in the past, now there is just one concelebrated Mass. And if someone pays a stipend to have a Mass said for a deceased loved one, do you really feel like you are “getting what you paid for” when your stipend, and the stipends probably paid to the concelebrants, is “fulfilled” at a concelebrated Mass?

    Or am I suffering from the “counting rosaries” and “quantifying grace” syndrome?

  4. Sarmaticus now has me wondering: In what language was the Mass offered? Seems like it would be a good time to use Latin–a universal language–but I suspect it was in the language of the majority of the people attending Mass.

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