On the solemn ceremonies of the Sacrifice of the Mass

Next time your priest wants to do away with incense, elaborate liturgical vestments, and other ceremonies of the Church, kindly remind him of the following:

“And whereas such is the nature of man, that, without external helps, he cannot easily be raised to the meditation of divine things; therefore has holy Mother Church instituted certain rites, to wit that certain things be pronounced in the mass in a low, and others in a louder, tone. She has likewise employed ceremonies, such as mystic benedictions, lights, incense, vestments, and many other things of this kind, derived from an apostolical discipline and tradition, whereby both the majesty of so great a sacrifice might be recommended, and the minds of the faithful be excited, by those visible signs of religion and piety, to the contemplation of those most sublime things which are hidden in this sacrifice.” (Council of Trent Session 22, Chapter 5,
On the solemn ceremonies of the Sacrifice of the Mass.)

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