La messe catholique - Catholic Mass
Opalescent stained glass window, magnificent St Patrick basilica, Montreal.
Illustrating one aspect of the eschatological dimension of mass, the delivery of souls from purgatory.
And the higher the elevation, the higher and deeper are faith, hope and love expressed. The priest expresses his own faith, hope and love in and for Christ, in a way similar to a father lifting his own young child in a gesture of admiration, hope and love, in full communion, as the fullfilment of the promise of life.
All fathers do this gesture hundreds of times with their young children to express their love. It is a normal human gesture to lift as high as possible when expressng and showing how precious, important or sacred are an object, person or event.