Video Credit - The Passion of the Christ by Mel Gibson
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UPDATED VERSION: On August 6th, 2014 I published an updated version of the “Meditation” video. The primary difference relates to the Offertory of the Mass. A few of the scenes were in the wrong order. This is now fixed without affecting the flow of the original video. In addition to this, I have also made a few other adjustments in this version:
- New video overlays with improved color matching to highlight the earth tones in the video
- Improved sound effects
- Smoother transitions in various sections
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"A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" represents a difficult journey over the course of one week.
Some days back, a viewer on YouTube forwarded a kind request, asking me to produce a film showcasing the beauty and richness of the Latin Mass. I started the project, but never imagined where it would lead.
I worked on the video each day after work from 7pm - 3am for five consecutive nights. It was a draining experience. But I am satisfied with the end result.
"A Meditation on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass" is not meant to be a mere inspirational drama, but a heartfelt prayer, a Catholic meditation.
It should be viewed as such: Focused. Silent. Penitent.
My sincere hope is that you will grow in your love for God, and your Faith will be strengthened.
After previewing the movie for my family, they expressed concern about some of the symbolism, particularly the scene of the Kiss of Judas and the priest kissing the altar. Please know that I based everything on ancient Catholic teaching. For example:
"When the priest kisses the altar, he is kissing Christ, *faithfully,* in contradiction to the kiss of betrayal by Judas." In a sense, the priest is making atonement for the betrayal of Judas.
"The priest reading the Introit represents Christ being falsely accused by Annas and blasphemed."
"The priest going to the middle of the altar and saying the Kyrie Eleison represents Christ being brought to Caiphas and these three times denied by Peter."
"The priest saying the 'Dominus vobiscum' represents Christ looking at Peter and converting him."
"The priest saying the 'Orate Fratres' represents Christ being shown by Pilate to the people with the words 'Ecce Homo.'"
"The priest praying in a low voice represents Christ being mocked and spit upon."
"The priest blessing the bread and wine represents Christ being nailed to the cross."
"The priest elevating the host represents Christ being raised on the cross."
"The priest goes to the Epistle side and prays signifying how Jesus was led before Pilate and falsely accused."
"The priest goes to the Gospel-side, where he reads the Gospel, signifying how Christ was sent from Pilate to Herod, and was mocked and derided by the latter."
"The priest goes from the Gospel side again to the middle of the altar - this signifies how Jesus was sent back from Herod to Pilate."
"The priest uncovers the chalice, recalling how Christ was stripped for the scourging."
"The priest offers bread and wine, signifying how Jesus was bound to the pillar and scourged."
"The priest washes his hands, signifying how Pilate declared Jesus innocent by washing his hands."
"The priest covers the chalice after the Offertory recalling how Jesus was crowned with thorns."
"The priest breaking and separating the host represents Christ giving up His spirit."
Taken from "The Catholic Church Alone: The One True Church of Christ" by the Catholic Education Company, New York, page 551. The book has been out of print for many decades; used copies sell for about $200.00 or more, but can be read freely on Google Books.
FINAL THOUGHTS by Fulton J. Sheen
Too many of us end our lives, but few of us see them finished. A sinful life may end, but a sinful life is never a finished life.
Our Lord finished His work, but we have not finished ours. He pointed the way we must follow. He laid down the Cross at the finish, but we must take it up. He finished Redemption in His physical Body, but we have not finished it in His Mystical Body.
He has finished the Sacrifice of Calvary;
we must finish the Mass.
Audio Credit (in order)
Mary Goes to Jesus -- The Passion Soundtrack
Kyrie Eleison -- Monks of Fontgombault Introit -- Monks of Fontgombault
Miserere -- Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652) O Magnum Mysterium -- Morten Lauridsen (1943-present)
Crucifixion -- The Passion Soundtrack
Mary Goes to Jesus -- The Passion Soundtrack
Introductory text -- Padre Pio
Spoken Bible Verses -- Max McLean
Closing text -- Fulton J. Sheen, Calvary and the Mass
Spanish translation -- adelantelafe.com