Monday, May 4, 2015
BUCKING LITURGISTS AT ANY TIME BUT ESPECIALLY AT FIRST HOLY COMMUNION! NO APPLAUSE PLEASE!
One stupid idea was to have the children making their First Holy Communion sit with their families. How could this be stupid?
1. Small children get lost in the church and many are at the back of the church.
2. Some parents are not allowed to receive Holy Communion with their child because they are either not Catholic or have an impediment due to an irregular marriage situation. So the family comes processing up at Holy Communion hiding the child who making their first and then they can't receive and are given a blessing. Stupid? Yes.
Another stupid idea was to ask children not to wear special clothes like white dresses and veils and shirt with tie, but what they would normally wear to church on Sunday. Yikes, how stupid was that?
Then there was the stupid idea that children would receive their First Holy Communion at a normal Sunday Mass and simply be recognized as doing so. So over the course of the year different Masses were used for different children for their First Holy Communion. How dumb was that?
If it isn't broke, don't fix it is my motto and I sure wish it was and is the Church's motto!
So at our First Holy Communion on May 3rd, we had a very tradition First Holy Communion. Girls wore white dress and veils. Boys wore dark pants, white shirt and tie.
They processed in as a group and sat by themselves together as a class. They were well behaved and it was a rite of passage in terms of the maturity level.
The music for the Mass was adult fare and traditional Our school choir supplemented the cantor.
Each child came to the altar individually and knelt to receive Holy Communion. As they did this the cantor and choir sang Panis Angelicus. I almost got choked up! I know many parents did! It was simply beautiful!
The Rite of Sprinkling Holy Water was employed as was incense as we do each Sunday. The Mass was completely chanted to include the priest's parts.
This was not a childish Mass geared to children.
Parents read the Scriptures for Mass.
There were no liturgical roles for the First Communicants. We want the children's First Holy Communion to be their primary focus. NO LITURGICAL EXTRAS LIKE SINGING A SPECIAL SONG AS A GROUP, PLACES LITTLE SHEEP THEY HAVE ON A BOARD ONCE THEIR RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION OR GIVING A ROSE TO THEIR MOMS AFTER HOLY COMMUNION OR OTHER SUCH NONSENSE.
There were no liturgical gimmicks. It was as high of a high Mass as you can get in the Ordinary Form.
And the compliments from our parents were many. However, family and friends who came from elsewhere and know how First Holy Communions are in so many places said they were blown away by the reverence and traditional way in which our First Holy Communion was celebrated.
AND THERE WAS NO APPLAUSE AT ANY TIME DURING THIS FIRST HOLY COMMUNION!