"Open Church" episode III - Edited by John Zanchi: in this time of grave emergency, your priests, albeit alone, they continue to celebrate the Mass offering the Eucharistic Sacrifice for the health of body and soul

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"CHURCH OPEN» (III episode) - BY JOHN ZANCHI: IN THIS TIME OF SERIOUS EMERGENCY YOUR PRIESTS, ALTHOUGH ALONE, They continue to CELEBRATE THE MASS OFFERING THE SACRIFICE Eucharistic HEALTH BODY AND SOUL

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We offer our readers this third precious videos of our esteemed brother John Zanchi, priest of the Diocese of Arezzo, so that it can also serve as an effective and wise antidote to all those who unfortunately, at this time of extraordinary crisis and emergency, They have nothing better to do than argue, often in harsh and aggressive tone, against decisions taken by our bishops for safety reasons to protect public health: suspend the sacred celebrations and in many cases close the churches. Recall that the Church, during crises and emergencies, It has never been saved by the controversy of those who stand for all time the most faithful among the faithful or to the purest of the pure, but the unit. Someone has written these days that "the bishops are committing suicide the Italian Church". Unfortunately he did not understand anything of the essence of the Catholic faith: The Church “If suicide” attacking the bishops, instead follow them and support them in a moment of so severe test.

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VIDEO SHOOTING AND ASSEMBLY BY THE ISSUER TELESANDOMENICO (AREZZO)

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TEXT OF THE VIDEO

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The texts of Father John Zanchi, director of the Pastoral Center Divine Worship of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, They are not meant as articles but as audio-narrative texts. We proceeded to transcribe audio text for our Readers.

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John Zanchi

Welcome to the third episode of Open Church!

In these difficult days in our Italian land churches made of stones and bricks remain open, as a sign of the Church that remains present and active in the midst of our people (cf Tuscan Episcopal Conference, 14 March 2020), the churches remain open even if there are held public celebrations. In churches remain open, however, at least the priests, that every day they continue to celebrate Mass, even alone. St Paul VI teaches that although celebrated by a solitary priest, the holy Mass, "comes great detail thanks, to the benefit of the priest himself, both the faithful and of the whole Church, indeed of the whole world " (Mystery 33).

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Among the abundant spiritual graces which gives the Holy Mass there is also the suffrage for the dead. Let's talk briefly. To go to heaven is not enough to die in the grace of God and therefore to be free from guilt for the sins; to go to Heaven must also be free from punishment due for their sins; the soul of those who die in God's grace but still sentences to be served for the sins are cleansed by the righteousness of God after death: is what the Holy Church calls Purgatory.

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By now separated from the body, the souls in purgatory can not help themselves, but they can pray for us still living on earth and can receive our spiritual help to shorten their purification and achieve eternal bliss in God. There are many good works that we can offer to God to help the souls of the dead, they are: any form of penitence and alms, indulgences, prayer and especially the offering of the Eucharistic Sacrifice.

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In churches we open our priests even alone continue every day to celebrate Mass for the spiritual salvation of the living and the dead as well. Even our homes are small "house churches" that are open to the prayer of supplication and intercession before God for all the needy, both living and dead.

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In this time of Lent Holy Church invites us to intensify our commitment in the jejunum, in prayer, in alms. Of our alms, ie they need our charity even the souls of the dead, especially those who died due to the epidemic.

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All they care about the plight medical staff and all others involved for the social good; the dead end instead to be considered just a number that inspires awe. The deaths to the coronavirus are now hundreds; due to their clinical conditions are gone alone, without the comfort of the sacraments and the closeness of family. The priests bother to accompany least burial, but without being able to celebrate the Funeral.

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We do not deprive these deceased also prayer for their souls. It is now urgent help with our Christian suffrages, because there is only this life; the body dies, but the soul lives immortal. The souls of the dead is an urgent and indispensable aid, that only we Christians can put in place. The charity of the Church is so big and so powerful that he can not only help the living, but also the dead; the Church's charity is so big and so powerful that he can act not only in this world but also in the other.

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We learn from our ancestors: in time of calamity they not only buried the dead, but they prayed long for their souls: many churches erected just for the Suffrage and spread to Italy there I still remember. Worry about the souls of the dead because of the epidemic also use either to us: It makes us gain merit with God to eternal life and teaches us to do penance for our sins now, to make it less after our death. The Church in rescues epidemic time not only the living but also the dead is truly a Church that is open.

A resent tomorrow for a new installment of Open Church.

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Sansepolcro (Arezzo), 16 March 2020

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6 thoughts on ""Open Church" episode III - Edited by John Zanchi: in this time of grave emergency, your priests, albeit alone, they continue to celebrate the Mass offering the Eucharistic Sacrifice for the health of body and soul

  1. Thank you so much for reporting these videos, at least shed light on the situation. Unfortunately at this time I see that most of the Christian commentators a little’ more “underground” undertake leisure shouting apostasy manifested; sadly there is even a petition signed by Marco Tosatti and others calling for the resumption of public participation in the sacraments “in compliance with the measures put in place by the government” (effective manner and with such priests implement it is left to the imagination of the CEI).

  2. But let alone … what absurdity to ask for the resumption of public participation in the sacraments “in compliance with the measures implemented by the government”, true?
    We are thirsty for Christ, and we will insist that we be given back what we need, within the humanly possible.
    And it's not sadness, but the joy of having encountered Something greater, beyond the fallacy of men!
    Look what is happening in Poland and other countries …

    1. If he is truly thirsty for Christ as he writes, begin to follow what the pastors of the Church have decided in these moments of emergency, because it is they whom Christ has appointed as apostles and guides.
      And don't confuse the “thirst for Christ” with the free controversy, Please.

      https://isoladipatmos.com/il-coronavirus-ha-suggellato-il-fallimento-delleuropa-chiudono-le-chiese-mentre-gli-lbgt-fanno-feste-orgiastiche-al-muccassassina-si-fanno-disegnare-ai-bimbi-arcobaleni-al-grido-ce-la-faremo/

    2. To your question I must answer yes, I hold it true, first because the mode is not specified: they said vague ones “keep your distance” and “multiply the masses” and I would like to know with what medical protections that are already in short supply and with which priests it could be done.
      Second, because the public attending Masses is exactly the most at risk, not to mention the priests themselves whose average age is certainly not low.
      Third because the provisions of the Church are these, and if you can not appreciate them you should at least try to understand them in the anomalous context in which they occur before screaming at betrayal (and that's why I added “sadly” all’ having taken this position on the part of a usually lucid commentator like Tosatti)
      For the rest, I invite you to reflect on that “We”, that he used and on the implicit of his words, or that whoever does not ask for this immediate resumption of the sacraments is not truly Christian and has not encountered that Something; I hope it wasn't the way she meant it.

  3. Sorry, here the controversy is not me.
    Rather, I have the impression that you are labeling those who want a return as troublemakers, I don't mean to normality, MA how to freedom of the church.
    And I don't think I was answered on the merits but only with “You don't know who I am” and “Do not dry out and stand down”.
    Then I ask you some questions (for which of course, having regard to your wisdom, you will have all the answers).
    1. Where are the bishops, the enlightened Italian bishops, for those priests denounced, vilified while doing Mass alone (see Cerveteri), complete with profanation and abuse against the Concordat?
    2. Why in Poland, instead of giving up public masses, they doubled them, to bring together prudence and the exercise of faith? Perhaps because the Polish bishops are criminals, and with us they are wise?
    3. Because you are making a reiterated series of articles to defend the bishops' choices, also telling about situation in hospitals that, frankly, at the forefront (Lombardy, Veneto) I'm amarcord? There the chaplains now keep them only in the anteroom or in the morgue.

    Thanks for all your answers …

    1. And thank goodness you are not controversial, imagine if he did.
      first of all, invoke the “profanation” of the Concordat, it is such a bombastic and out-of-logic expression in front of which dogmatic theologians would literally die of laughter, ecclesiologists and canonists.
      Anyway, I answer you about the Polish question by making you copy / paste here an explanatory comment that I posted yesterday on my Facebook page:

      THE COLOSSALS BUFFALO OF JOURNALISTS AND "CATHOLIC" BLOGGETTARI: «IN ITALY NO MORE HOLY PUBLIC CELEBRATIONS ARE CAUSED BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS WHILE IN POLAND THE BISHOPS INCREASE THEM BECAUSE OF THE CORONAVIRUS»

      if the numbers are not an opinion

      A devoted reader of The Island of Patmos has placed me this interesting question: «The Polish Episcopal Conference, to comply with the logic and due security measures and prevention of the spread of the virus, it seems he has decided to increase the number of masses so that few of the faithful can participate at a time ".

      This is true, the Polish bishops did so and this made some long-time Catholic journalists say, today specialized in target shooting on Italian bishops and clergy, that «while in Poland the number of Holy Masses increases, in Italy the churches close ».

      Of the two one: or these subjects now reduced to old vultures and snipers do not know the ecclesial situations of the various countries, or I'm not even able to read the numbers. Because the answer is written in numbers, namely the following:

      Polish Catholics are 35 millions and their clergy is composed of 31.442 secular priests e 8.412 regular priests ("Regular priests" are the religious of the various male orders). The number of parishes is equal to 10.379.
      The average age of the Polish clergy is equal to 44,08 year old.
      Dividing the number of parishes by the number of secular priests only, the result is that for every Polish parish there are 3,04 priests. I repeat: all without counting the religious, that is, the members of the regular clergy.

      In Italy the Catholic population is equal to 47.021.200, the parishes are 25.741, the members of the secular clergy are 34.121 and members of the regular clergy 9.112.
      The average age of the Italian secular clergy is equal to 67, 09 year old.

      Simply said,: we have 1,02 priests per parish, with a difference of no small importance: an average older than 23,01 years compared to the average Polish clergy.

      Therefore, long-time Catholic journalists and Catholic bloggers on boarding, they are writing and supporting so-called big and emeritic bullshit, if you kindly pass me the courtly term.

      Padre Ariel S. Levi Gualdo
      24.03.2020

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