Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Catholic Defender: United We Stand

Standing is a sign or respect and honor, it has a rich tradition in the military.

When the Company Commander walks into the Company area, the CQ (Charge of Quarters) will yell out "Attention".

Everyone will then rise up to attention and go to the position of "Attention" until the Commander responds, "Carry on" or "At ease".

This is done at the highest level of the Military. According to Military Customs and Courtesy, this is a question and answer for a study guide:

"When an officer enters a facility where he out-ranks the senior officer present, the first person recognizing him/her will call "Attention on Deck”.

Unless specifically entering the facility to address the group, the senior officer should immediately respond with, "As You Were," and then proceed with his/her business.

We stand for the Gospel reading for the same reason we stand when we sing the national anthem or pledge allegiance to the flag. It is out of respect an honor for our Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:1 says, "Now I am reminding you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you indeed recieved and in which you also stand".

We stand at the proclaimation of the gospel to give attention to the word of the Lord.

As Catholics, we stand as the celebrant who represents Christ enters and leaves the assembly.

From the earliest days of the Church, this posture has been understood as the stance of those who have risen with Christ and seek the things that are above.

When we stand for prayer, we assume our full stature before God, not in pride but in humble gratitude for the marvelous things God has done in creating and redeeming each one of us.

By Baptistm we have been given a share in the life of God, and the posture of standing is an acknowledgment of this wonderful gift.

We stand for the proclamation of the Gospel, which recounts the words and deeds of the Lord.

The Bishops of the United States have chosen standing as the posture to be observed for the reception of Communion.

The Apostles called for the Church to stand up for what we believe.

Galations 5:1 says, "For freedom Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery".

Philippians 1:27 says, "Only. conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear news of you, that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind struggling together for the faith of the gospel".

This is a constant meesage of the New Testamemt. The Websters Dictionary adds this as a definition: "position or condition in society or in a profession".

Hebrews 4:14 says, "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession".

That can also imply or mean, "Let us hold fast to our profession".

The Catholic Faith stands united all over the world transcending culture, time, and space.

We proclaim the word of the Lord as with one voice.

We stand at the holy Mass to show honor, respect, reverance, and attention to the word of the Lord.

Home page
DTB facebook Page
You Tube
Blog Talk Radio Show

No comments:

Post a Comment