(Update May 22 2019: Links to the Una Voce audio of the workshop are currently broken, again.) Fr. Nolan drew some diagrams on the whiteboard during his presentation last week. I’ve made some graphics of my own based on his drawings. If you’re reading the series that began in the last post, or if you’re planning on downloading and listening to his talks, you might find these useful. I still have a couple more to go, but I’m posting what I’ve got so far. Just trying to be helpful, don’t you know. We’ll explore this more fully in the other posts, but here are some things to think on the next time you’re preparing for Mass:

At Baptism we enter the Church (both figuratively and literally) and then we are on the way to becoming eligible to receive the other sacraments, as far as we are able. We enter the long boat of the Church, the Barque of Peter, and start out on our journey toward God.

As members of the Body of Christ we participate in His Death and Sacrifice on the Cross and receive the grace (and graces) we need for salvation. As Fr. Nolan said, this is how it works. This is how we are saved. By the action of Christ on the Cross. And by His grace allowing us to participate in His action by allowing us to unite with Him in His sufferings and death. We die to ourselves and offer ourselves along with Him as He offers His sacrifice throughout all time and beyond all time as our Eternal High Priest.

Diagrams, revised set.

Una Voce Northern Alabama now has all the homily, Mass instructions and workshop talks available for download on their site. (I corrected the links just now, Jan 6, 2015, as Una Voce redid their site. Again.)

I mentioned in the sidebar that we had our first Traditional Latin Mass Workshop for the laity this weekend. From eight until ten fifteen in the morning, we listened to talks given by Fr. Justin Nolan, FSSP, about the Church and the Mass. Then off to Confession and my very first Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form. And can I just tell you that I feel like that was the first time I’ve ever been to Mass? I think I floated out of the building when it was over, after I was able to pull myself away. I don’t know when I have ever so profoundly moved at Mass. I thought I’d been profoundly moved before, but this Mass was nothing short of Heavenly. Continue reading