What do these two images have in common? Why of course they are both tabernacles or perhaps more sarcastically tackynackles. Though I guess Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament has been housed in poorer settings (my own body for example). I ran across these two separate images in my daily pilgrimage through St. Blogs. The first image is as David Morrison calls it the Tennis Ball Tabernacle in his post (by the way David is back posting more frequently). Not surprising he was looking for the Tabernacle to pray in front of and couldn’t find it until somebody told him where it was. Reminds me of the first of four times I was in Mombasa, Kenya and I walked right through the center of town looking for the center of town. The second image comes from Rantings of an obnoxious Seminarian whose post on the subject is well worth reading. I believe it was Bishop Fulton J. Sheen who when he noticed this trend towards removing the Blessed Sacrament from the center of the Church referred to the Gospel story where Mary Magdalene cries out "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.", so this problem is not anything new.
I remember once when I was doubtful that a square box that looked like bakelite was the tabernacle I realized that it had to be since their were kneelers in front of it and a large candle that must have been a sanctuary lamp. On this occasion I applied a bit of Mr. Sherlock Holmes’s logic. After all, once you have eliminated everything that is impossible, whatever is left, no matter how improbable, must be the tabernacle.
In a insightful post by Matthew at The Dusty Choir Loft:
It’s funny to me that as modern-"liturgists" work hard at de-ritualizing the Catholic liturgy, modern television is ritualizing itself.
Think for a second about all the rituals involved in television (especially reality based TV)…
- When anyone from Survivor is voted off the island, their torch must be extinguished, because light represents their life on the island.
- Before every episode of Iron Chef (the Japanese edition) they challenger is brought in and the Iron Chefs are brought up on platforms through the floor. They then must choose their opponent in this opening ritual.
- YOU’RE FIRED!
Isn’t it interesting that while these "liturgists" work at trying to make the Mass look like anything but a ritual, their counterparts who are busy stranding people on islands, locking people in houses and forcing people to do humiliating tasks for the opportunity of working for a large corporation are busy making up new rituals.
I am only too afraid of what a liturgist who likes Iron Chef could do to the liturgy. I can too easily imagine a Chairman Kaga type, clothing and all, announcing who the "presider" of today’s Mass is. Though I think I wouldn’t mind watching Iron Priest. A show where two priest compete in a homiletic showdown. At the start of the show the mystery topic is revealed and they have to then preach a powerful sermon with little preparation time. They both retire to their own Ambo where they put together their homily by choosing applicable selections from the Fathers of the Church, the Saints, and others. A panel then grades the homilies based on orthodoxy, presentation, and originality and then at the end we find out whose homily reigns supreme. If they tie they go in for an overtime homiletic battle and given a different topic to preach on.