Lenten Liturgy of the Mass (con’t & Ezekiel 39:21-29)

This series of lessons on the liturgy of the Mass during Lent is intended to help worshipers grow in their understanding of the Mass and lead them into a deeper experience of worship. The following are excerpts from Fr. Greer’s commentary on the Mass. The commentary will be published soon in its entirety and made available to parishioners and friends of the parish.

Over decades McDonaldʼs Restaurants has developed a basic building design and service pattern which both supports and complements its business philosophy and mission. In analogous fashion, the architecture and furnishing of an Anglican church should, we believe, support and complement the message and mission of Anglicanism as an expression of the Catholic Church. It is our intent to join hands with the community of Christians that reaches both back toward Christ and his earliest witnesses, while at the same time reaching forward into eternity.

To that end, and to share as effectively as possible the life and the sacraments the eternal Christ has left us, motivates us to preserve [save from decomposition], to conserve [to keep, guard], and to observe [celebrate or solemnize in a customary or accepted way] our worship of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.

Where possible our architecture, furnishings, and Liturgy emphasize and value that which is enduring and lasting over that which is contemporary and temporary. Take as an example “The Strip” in Las Vegas, where lavish buildings serve their purpose in forty or fifty years and are torn down to make way for buildings more lavish and more contemporary. Anglican churches best proclaim and serve their purpose when they build for the centuries, not for this year or this decade.

EZEKIEL 39:21-29

21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.

22 So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward.

23 And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword.

24 According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them.

25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;

26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.

27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;

28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.

29 Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.