Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Mass with "extras"... yuck

The battery in Rocky's car died and because he had to wait for a rescue from AAA we missed our regular Sunday Mass and had to go to another church. It was interesting. The choir was large and they could sing but oh man.... they sang dreck.  At one point during the first ooey-gooey teenage pop love song I thought, "Are they singing about a dude  or the Lord?" It was just revolting. The Communion song was better but since its lyrics were written to sound like Jesus talking to us I wasn't comfortable with it. Something just didn't feel right about putting words in Our Lord's mouth.  The psalm sounded like the chorus from the musical, "Cats". The choir also sang a Gloria so long that Rocky raised an eyebrow, babies wailed and even the priest looked like a restless little boy.

Before Mass a lector announced what the readings would be and gave us a mini homily of what they all meant. This always irritates me. Did this nice, well meaning lady think that we were all illiterate and couldn't read the missal or had she been told that the folks in the pews were too stupid to figure out what they were hearing and needed it broken down to easily digested mental pap?

After this we were instructed to rise and greet our neighbors. We, and the people around us did as we were told but we all seemed somewhere between bemused and embarassed about it. After this  pre-liturgy rite, Mass finally began. The priest, thank God was serious  and gave us a fine homily. This wasn't the worst Mass we've ever been to and I'm just glad we were able to fulfill our Sunday duty.

The Novus Ordo already comes with options so why do liturgists have add all this extra, unapproved stuff? Do they think they're defying the bishop? Please! As long as there's no scandals, the bishop doesn't care.  Do they think they're defying the Pope? The Holy Father will never know about the antics of one suburban parish in America. Are they thumbing their noses at conservative or traditional Catholics? Neither group would set foot in this parish unless they had to. I just don't get it and I wonder how the newly corrected translation of the Mass will go down with this particular parish.

3 comments:

Old Bob said...

I feel your pain (to coin a phrase). There's a parish here in Mpls. MN I won't go to except as a last resort.

Alix said...

I was all set to go to the low TLM for All Saint's yesterday, but my little sister's friend got sick, and had to stay home from Mass, and I had to stay with her (they were visiting and I didn't think it would be kind or prudent to leave her all alone while we traipsed off to McLean together) so I ran to our local parish... where I was treated to piano bar music, all sorts of ad libbing from the priest (and did you know yesterday's feast was about us because we're all saints? And he left our 'men' in 'for us men and our salvation'... pretty obvious when you're *miked*) and, oh, also, the tabernacle light was burnt out, and SOME GUY DOUBLE-GUN POINTED AT ME FOR THE SIGN OF PEACE...

Sorry. I suppose ranting to my husband last night wasn't quite enough. It wasn't really what I was hoping for, in other words. I, too, feel your pain!

Dymphna said...

The double gun point? Oh gosh. I don't know if I would've laughed or pointed back.