Life continues to change…

This past week I shut down my primary blog, however, I kept the domain and email services.  I was using PowWeb, which at one point was a good service, but they have gone down hill over the past couple of years, which was a partial reason I let them go.  (That said, they still host this site…)

As I move on in time, I find that I have wandered from the life I had as an active Diocesan Hermit, to become way to “Lay”..  That is changing yet again though.

I am heading back to the Hermit life, but this round as a lay hermit, that will spend my day in studies, prayer, and reading of the Bible.  My day will not be as structured as it was before, and will be more open to changes, but for the most part, I am going to be at home in prayer and reading religious text, or at Church/Church events.

This area is where I know I am called, and when I was a Diocesan Hermit, I was “home”.  The Bishops, for political and personal reasons, don’t seem to accept such life, even though it use to be a recommended lifestyle, so I will have to do it on my own.

In Christ,

Brother Don (Lay Hermit)

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Coming back on line!

After a just under two year sabbatical, I am bringing back up “Don and His Spiritual Journey”.

My status update in life, and first new religious post will begin tomorrow, the 22nd of June 2017, and I hope frequently as time allows!

This past two years of silence has been “deafening to me”, and I need to get back on track!

 

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Orans Posture

Since my entrance into the Catholic Church I have spent my days and evenings reading the Canon (laws of the Church), the Rubrics, and documents of the Church.  I have many more to read and understand, but one thing has been pretty clear, what should be done in Mass and what should not be done.

There is a posture taken by Priest called the Orans Posture in which they place their hands out and up when praying singularly for the Congregation.

Orans Posture

Orans Posture

In reading the rubrics prior to 1950, this was a position that only Priest were to take that were celebrating or con-celebrating when they were praying on behalf of the Congregation, and while the Congregation was silent.  The rubrics stated that the hands of a Priest, when praying WITH the Congregation were to be together “in a prayerful manner”.

If you read the rubrics now, it still has the Priest in this position when praying on behalf of the the congregation and people of the world, but continues to have the Priest take this posture when praying the “Our Father”, which now shows the Congregation praying, where before they did not pray with the Priest during Mass.  The Deacon, if present is still to be in the “prayerful manner”, which was described in the past as hands together, fingers extended and thumbs cross or fingers interlaced and crossed.  (The Deacon or non-concelibrating but present Priest were not to take the Orans Posture…)

In the late 60s to early 70s the Charismatic groups and Nuns in the United States started holding hands with the advent of the text from Vatican II.  There was never a proclamation to do so, and there was no rubrics changes published by the Church to do so, they just started to do it to show togetherness.

However if you go back in history, the only time we see this posture being taken was when a LEADER/ELDER/PRIEST was praying for the people, it was never a posture taken by the lay or religious people unless they were the ones leading the prayer and praying on behalf of the people present.

It was a practice to hold hands at the dinner table when praying, but never was it so while in Church or at a Religious service!

We need to go away from the attempt to become like the Ordained and return to our roots in this case.  Don’t get me wrong!

I am all for change when change needs to happen, but this is not a change that makes since or needs to happen.  It is taking our actions to us and away from God and our love and need to be with Him and returning our focus on ourselves and not Him!

In Christ

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