Tuesday, February 23, 2010
OKAY, I CONFESS!
On my blog about "gimmicks" at Mass and on Good Friday, Collard Green,confessed to doing the same thing in the comment section! I must confess that I did this too in the early 1980's and was quite proud of myself. One Good Friday, though, after the nails had been given to the people as they arrived, I began preaching my homily and all through the homily, the people kept dropping their nails on the hard terrazzo floor to the point of distraction for me. Never again, I declared to myself.
Then of course, we are all familiar with the desert scenes we create in our Churches during Lent, what a hoot!
And you know what I even use to put sand in the Holy Water font. But one year I decided to put little white pebbles mixed with the ashes of Ash Wednesday in place of the Holy Water. At Holy Communion, I noticed my parishioners coming forward with ash marks on their forehead, middle of their chest and on the left and right shoulders of their white blouses and shirts--that was the end of that!
Do you have any "gimmicks" at Masses you attended?