THE SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE –November 21, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: Klára Tóth, by Karácsony Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

November27Saturday9:00 AMTraditional Latin Mass
November28Sunday9:15 AMNorma Eggelbrecht, by Joseph Kachmar

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Christ the King. It is the last solemnity of our Lord in the liturgical year (the 34th Sunday in Ordinary Time is the last Sunday and it is always the Christ the King feast-day). Among other things, it is an eschatological feast also and so it impels us to look towards the East where He would come from at his Second Coming.

The strong symbolism and connection of God to the East is the reason why the orientation to the East was so strong in the private prayer of Christians from the earliest of times. Already in the second century, we have evidence of this eastward direction in the prayers of Christians. As an interesting footnote, in the fourth century St. Basil the Great is already complaining that people have forgotten why they face east in their prayers. It is not surprising that the public worship of Christians also was marked by this Eastward direction. In fact, the early churches were purposefully built to face the geographical East to facilitate the turning toward the Lord. Even though due to the topography (or the property layout) the later churches could not be built facing East, the priest and the people still kept the practice of facing together in the same direction toward God. Hence, this direction is now called liturgical East, ad orientem, or ad Deum. This common direction at Mass prevailed for almost 1950 years. Although the Vatican II did not call for turning around and celebrate the Mass toward the people (versus populum), it did spread after 1970 and has become almost an exclusive way to experience the Mass. However, the ad orientem Mass has not been forbidden. In fact, the rubrics of the Mass presuppose that the priest is saying the Mass turned toward God (naturally, during the readings and homily the priest does face the people). 

Does the direction matter? I think it does. The Liturgy is not about us! The Mass is the Sacrifice of Christ, offered by the priest who acts in the person of Christ on our behalf. The people of God participate in this offering, “The priest does not offer the Mass to the people, nor the people to the priest; rather, both priest and people together offer the sacrifice of Christ to the Father. When the priest and congregation physically orient themselves in the same direction, the reality of what is happening is more clearly expressed: the priest and congregation are not in dialogue but are together offering their prayers and Christ’s sacrifice to God the Father.”

Pope Benedict XVI stated: “The turning of the priest toward the people has turned the community into a self-enclosed circle. In its outward form, it no longer opens out on what lies ahead and above, but is closed in on itself” (Spirit of the Liturgy, pg. 80). To facilitate the renewal of liturgy, Robert Cardinal Sarah in 2016 encouraged this mode of celebration and also some bishops in US publically advised their priests to celebrate Masses ad Deum. Therefore, during the Advent Season, which calls for turning our gaze toward the coming Lord, I will majority Masses facing God.

A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who helped with or supported OUR PATRONAL FEAST. I know that it takes a lot of work and sacrifice. I appreciate all the efforts that you put into preparing a worthy celebration of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. May she continue to intercede for us with Jesus Christ!

A BLESSED THANKSGIVING to all of you! Our first thank you should always go to God. He is the author of everything good in our lives. God bless you all! Fr. Bona

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION (11/14): Sunday offering: $960. Special Donation: $500. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY in supporting the parish. Thank you for sending in your offertory donation through the mail. I know the times may be difficult for many people. If you are able at this time to send in your offertory donations, please do so by mail or use the PayPal option found on the website: https://www.stelizabethcleveland.org/donations/

NUT ROLL SALE: As part of their annual fundraising, Hungarian Scouts Folk Ensemble will hold a walnut or poppy seed roll sale. $16/ea (1 pc), $15/ea (2 pcs), $14/ea (3 pcs). All orders must be received by December 6, 2021. To place your order via email or text, kindly give your name & telephone number to: Klara Tóth Bócsay 440-637-7947, Klara.Toth@att.net . OR order ONLINE at: https://www.clevelandregos.org/

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially, Jay Kovács, Kathy Szabó, Kamilla Szabó and Anna Melega, Dorothy Fromhercz, Alex Szaday, Mária Jánossy.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass from St. Emeric church will be livestreamed at https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and on the website, https://stemeric.com/

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