Wednesday, March 30, 2011
SINNING DURING MASS: WHAT SETS YOU OFF IN A NEGATIVE, FOUL MOOD DURING MASS? HOW DO YOU OVERCOME IT?
"Bless me father for I have sinned. It has been a week since my last confession and these are my sins. I am distracted in prayer and at Mass and I am overly critical of what happens at Mass. I am too negative. I am sorry for these sins and all the sins of my past life, especially being too negative about how the Mass is celebrated."
I have to confess that when I am on vacation and attend Mass incognito, I am very critical of what I experience in parish Masses elsewhere. This is a litany of the things that set me off and become an occasion of sin for me:
Priests who are overly pious as though they are acting for the congregation--makes me long for ad orientem Masses!
Too much activity in the sanctuary before Mass begins, clergy prancing around in their vestments getting things ready; choir people milling about, laughing, talking and being a distraction.
Introductions to the Mass after the greeting that become homilies or just plain silly, boring banter, explaining what will be happening, what the readings will be etc.
Sloppy preparations for Mass; ugly art; altar servers who are clueless about their ministry; lectors who can't read; communion ministers who are poorly or improperly dressed, just a lack of attention to detail.
Choirs and cantors that think they must entertain the congregation, direct them and draw attention to themselves.
Music that sounds like it is better suited for a piano bar and a gin and tonic. Get rid of pianos, banjos and guitars! I like these, but not at Mass!
Talking before and after Mass to the point no one can pray privately.
I haven't seen any clowns at Mass in a really long time. There is a God!
And the beat goes on.