Friday, August 22, 2008

Liturgical Pet Peeves.

It has been a while since I have done one of these, but I am hearing more and more about this one: the congregation being instructed to greet one another right before Mass begins. (In fact, one of my deacons ran into this and a bunch of other non-sense while visiting Colorado last weekend. From what he told me, I could do a whole series on the abuses from that parish.) But back to the topic. Some may be asking what is wrong with this. It sounds nice and builds community. WRONG. Firstly, it is an illegitimate addition to the liturgy. If Rome had wanted us to this, we would have been instructed to do it in the rubrics. Second, it blows the hell out of any sense of reverence. (See chatting in church.) :Like hand-holding during the Our Father and the cocktail party sign of peace, this is yet another case of focusing on us to the detriment of who the liturgy is really all about: God. Community and love of neighbor is a fruit of the Mass show by our behavior after the dismissal. We love our neighbors because we love God above all things.

(See also this great post from Victorious Anita.)
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