Monday, October 06, 2008

Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops

From Zenit:

Pontiff: Synod to Tell World That God Is Not Dead

Says Church's 1st Task Is to Be Nourished by Scripture

ROME, OCT. 5, 2008 ( Benedict XVI opened the world Synod of Bishops on the Word of God expressing the hope that it give birth to a new missionary dynamism in the regions of the world where it seems that “God is dead.”

Today the Pope presided over the inaugural Mass of the synod, which will end Oct. 26, at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls. The synod's theme is “The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church.”

“Nations that at one time were rich with vocations are now losing their identity, under the deleterious and destructive influence of a certain modern culture,” the Holy Father noted in his homily.

“There are those who, having decided that ‘God is dead,’ declare themselves ‘god,’ taking themselves to be the singular artificers of their destiny, the absolute lord of the world," he continued. "Clearing God away and not awaiting salvation from him, man believes he can do as he pleases and poses himself as the sole measure of himself and his action.

“But when man eliminates God from his horizon, when he declares that God is ‘dead,’ is he truly more happy? Does he truly become free?

“When men proclaim themselves absolute owners of themselves and lords of creation, can they really build a society where freedom, justice and peace reign?”

Division and confusion

Benedict XVI answered the question in the negative, explaining that “the daily news amply shows” that with this vision “the will to power, egoistic interests, injustice and exploitation, violence in all its forms” spread. “The end of all this is that man finds himself alone and society more divided and confused."

The Pope said that with this synod the Church wants to show the world “that evil and death do not have the last word, but Christ is the victor in the end. Always!”

“The Church never tires of proclaiming these glad tidings, as she does today in this basilica dedicated to the Apostle of the Gentiles, the one who first spread the Gospel in vast regions of Asia Minor and Europe,” he said.

To accomplish this mission, the Pontiff added, the Church’s “primary and fundamental” mission is to nourish herself on the Word of God. “In fact, if the proclamation of the Gospel constitutes her reason for being and her mission, it is indispensable that the Church know and live that which she proclaims so that her preaching is credible, despite the weaknesses and poverty of the human beings who constitute her.”

Citing St. Jerome, he added: “Whoever does not know the Scriptures does not know the power of God nor his wisdom. Ignoring the Scriptures means ignoring Christ.”

The synod’s work will begin on Monday with a meditation offered by Benedict XVI.


Aaron Alammalay said...

This scene looked like from an ORDO gone wrong, bishops in gold and His Holiness in green y didn't they put on the dalmatic as well? LOL

Andrew said...

Actually, for festive occasions, GIRM says gold can replace the actual colour. Not sure whether mingling of colours is allowed, but hey, he's the Pope and Supreme Legislator.

I think that the gold vestments, from Paul VI's pontificate, were better than the other horrendous ones in green, so Msgr. Marini decided to use them instead.

As for the dalmatic, they are pontificals from the old Rite which the new rite also allows. But the old Rite did not foresee many bishops concelebrating Mass. Usually, only one bishop said Mass while the others assisted in choro.

During ordinations and Holy Thursday, only one bishop said Mass. The others were priests. So perhaps there's no provision for that. Anyway, hundreds of green episcopal dalmatics would be hard to come by.

The Pope's green vestments were a gift to him when he made an apostolic visit to some part of Italy this year or last year.

Aaron Alammalay said...

Yea the green one would look kinda common, seen it used before @ swiss guard's mass video @ Sisten Chapel, though it was nice to see His Emm Card Sodano, vested in the fiddleback while others used the Tau green, the common Rainbow colored Tau on a plain collared green chasuble... and they have it in red and purple...:D