Tuesday, December 4, 2012
WHICH MASS, EF OR OF, CAPTURES THE ATTENTION AND IMAGINATION OF CHILDREN MORE?
Parents who bring their children to Mass to both forms of the one Roman Rite, which Mass, EF or OF seems to capture their imagination more and keeps them more engaged during the Mass.
This is just anecdotal evidence, but at our EF High Mass, there are families with many children and there doesn't seem to me to be as much restlessness amongst them as we might have at the typical OF Mass on Sunday.
Of course, I can't see what is happening in the congregation and so don't become preoccupied by how well or how poorly the congregation is actually participating, but I suspect that fewer people get up during the Mass, as though they are in a theater, to go to the bathroom, answer the cell phone outside, and the like.
Of course, when I face the congregation, I become like a teacher in the classroom evaluating what the congregation is doing and experience rises in my blood pressure when I see children or adults getting up during Mass to go to the bathroom or outside or whatever, even during the words of consecration! Should the priest be a detective or policeman concerning how well or poorly the congregation is "actually" participating?
Isn't the priest's preoccupation with what the congregation is doing or not doing a form of clericalism and in the policeman mode?