Jimmy Mac alerted me to this liturgical gesture for Kansas City unity. Where to start? It’s like “themed” Masses in the immediate post-conciliar Church. A Mass for Love. A Mass for Peace. Now a Latin Mass for Unity.
Unity is not about gathering all the flood survivors on one branch of the tree.
Unity is not forged or repaired in easy gestures that someone else does for you:
Toward this end, we have quite intentionally arranged for three priests of somewhat disparate callings to unite in the celebration of this Holy Mass. Specifically, Canon William Avis of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will celebrate the Mass, assisted by Fr. John Fongemie of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (deacon) and Fr. Evan Harkins of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (subdeacon). Deacon Wehner, Director of Sacred Liturgy for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Seeing these priests come together for a common end – namely, the greater glory of God – will do more for unification of the flock than a myriad private prayers.
If the priests and deacon unite (albeit in hierarchical order), then surely the people will follow. Make sure, by the way, it’s an ideal photo-op:
I really hope you can help me in publicizing this event. Because this Mass is being offered for the intentions of Bishop Finn and for unity among his flock, and because footage of the Mass is potentially to be acquired by EWTN, we are really hoping for a full house.
Seventy-five people came out on a nice day for a stroll. Do they have a real hope for a “full house”? I do like that they borrowed a picture from NCYC (“Before,” above.) a few years back. Young people walking for Christ: that will fill up the streets. This, (“After,” above) not so much.
This is probably why the unity Mass won’t be in a larger venue. Learn from the mentor, I guess.