It is always interesting to see what the YouTube algorithms recommend. Perhaps as a consequence of watching material suggested by Scoop and Phillip Augustine, I often receive recommendations of Catholic videos. The similarities between the way Brian Holdsworthy talks and Phillip’s own own discourse is beginning to make me wonder if they are actually the same person…Joking aside, this video was on my YouTube homepage today:
I would rather not get embroiled in Eucharistic philosophy debates. However, I will say that I believe the Eucharist is more than symbolic. The Lord is present in the Eucharist – but whether the manner of the Lord’s presence can be described using Aristotelian category theory (or post-Aristotelian variants) is a question rather beyond my paygrade.
I liked seeing this procession. Whatever the precise nature of Christ’s presence in connection with the consecrated host, the symbolic elements of the procession are of value in and of themselves.
The presence of laity is a public testimony to the continuation of a living Christian community embracing people from various walks of life. Though our numbers may be small (in some contexts) the Christian Church is not confined to a set of ordained ministers performing rites in empty buildings.
Those strewing roses on the path of the procession and those holding censers were testifying to the divinity and kingship of Christ, showing the respect that is due to our Creator and Redeemer. It is right to remind the world that Christ is the King and is coming back to rule from Jerusalem in the Millennium.
The cross, going before the people, is a reminder of His suffering, of what it cost Him to redeem us. It is only through the cross that we can receive pardon and enter the community to God to accompany our King and Saviour.
The surplices (a shortened form of the alb) of the priests and attendants are a reminder of the call to purity and holiness in Christianity, and of the righteousness and justification granted to us by God through faith in Jesus Christ. Christianity is a call to new life, to the ideal God intends for us, and we shall receive perfection in full when Christ raises us and transforms our bodies at the Last Day.
Though the world does not see Christ now, yet it will when He returns. In the meantime, these public displays of faith are a reminder of who Christ is, what He has done, and what He will do.