QUEZON City, Nov. 15, 2016– Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias said it is better to do away with the misalette to encourage people to learn to listen to God and truly give Him the worship due Him during the Holy Mass.
“We do not read that powerful reading from your own misalette. That is why we should lead our faithful little by little from that misalette that we all read during and when the Word of God is being proclaimed…so that we all will be trained to listen,” said the prelate during a Mass on Nov. 12 at the Santuario De San Vicente De Paul Parish and Shrine of the Poor in Tandang Sora Avenue, Quezon City.
Speaking to attendees of the 3rd Diocesan Liturgical Congress of Novaliches, Tobias explained the rubrics of the Mass, particularly the postures of sitting and standing during the readings and the proclamation of the Gospel, as well as the necessary silence for each afterwards, to emphasize how important listening is when participating in the Holy Mass.
Understanding the Mass
“When we are listening to the Word of God, my dear brothers and sisters, the posture is listening!” He emphasized: “Because God Himself is the one speaking…to each one of us individually. We listen attentively. When the Word is finished, when God has spoken, we say that we have received the Word of God, ‘Thanks be to God!’”
“And we give a certain a silence after that. So that each and every one of us is given a time to illuminate the Word of God that has just been proclaimed,” he added. “After the Gospel, we sit down but there should be silence.”
The prelate explained that the assembly sits during the First and Second Reading “because we show our being disciple when God speaks to us” and stands during the Gospel “out of respect for the Gospel.” As such, “the Word of God should not be wasted during that time”.
“In the Liturgy, God still speaks to us in the present time – in His words – so that His word is always fresh. Do not think that because it is written in antiquity that it is old. No! Every time the Word of God is read before us and proclaimed, that Word is fresh here and now! It has meaning for every one of us,” he told some 2,000 people.
Organized by the Diocese of Novaliches’ Commission on Worship, the 3rd Diocesan Liturgical Congress carried the theme “The Eucharist: A Dialogue of Mercy and Compassion” in celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and of the Year of the Eucharist and the Family. The event was specifically for the heads and members of the various ministries belonging to the Liturgical Apostolates of the 69 parishes of the Diocese of Novaliches. The diocese held a string of activities for the Jubilee Year through its various commissions and ministries, the Liturgical Congress being its last.
Diocese of Novaliches Commission on Worship Director Fr. Victor Emmanuel Clemen presided over Lauds, opening the Liturgical Congress.
Fr. Roberto Tiquia, OATH gave a talk on the congress theme, which was followed by a reaction to the talk given by Fr. Raul Pura, CM. (Minnie Agdeppa/CBCPNews)