Sunday, June 28, 2009

Hideous Mass

I just watched an incredibly hideous Mass on EWTN. It took place at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Melrose Park, IL. I was astonished at the ugliness of the church and the poor dress of the people. Every other woman was wearing the fat lady's cop out outfit: big flowered, sleeveless blouses and polyester shorts or shapeless skirt. The men, even the skinny guys had the fat guy's cop out outfit: the Hawaian or bowling shirt over sweat pants or the sansabelt pants. The poor Knights of Columbus who were present looked like they were doing a penance.

The music was appalling. At one point a man and woman got up and sang "The Prayer", a sticky sweet pop song by Josh Groban. Ewwww! Judging by the sour expressions on the faces of the people in the pews when the camera panned over them, a lot of people didn't like it. At one point the priest was providing commentary jokingly asked how long this was going to go on. The Mass was poorly filmed--- but I'll give them a break on this, maybe they are not used to broadcasting. This was all to dedicate a new statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The statue is gorgeous but looks strange in such an ugly, stuck in the 1970s place.


Lola said...

I think you've got to cut the fat people a break. It seems most people today wear cop-op clothes.

Thank God they have a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.

Oh, and the monstrosity of a building called a church, should be a lesson to the generarions that have to be sitting in it week after week, and horrors, spend lots of money on wedding pictures in it. Yuck. (I had one of those parishes. Ugly, sparse and 70s groovey. Double Yuck!)

So, maybe some of that parish are 'offering it up' every week because they DON'T have a lovely church. (One would hope that those on parich design committees would just open their eyes...)

Starlightdreamer said...

I watched too and was also saddened at how ugly the church was. I wished they had Gregorian Chant instead of that bad singing. And I also wished the congregation could have been more reverently dressed. The statue was imported from Italy before 1900, its so uplifting to see something of such beauty survive the "wreckovations" of the 1970s. I thought it was really touching people donated their wedding bands for the crowns. I think making the crowns from donated jewelry was a beautiful way to honor Our Lord and Our Lady.

Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Mrs Caveman agrees with you.