Wednesday, October 7, 2015
OKAY! LETS ALL HOLD HANDS AND SING THE PATER NOSTER AT THE EF MASS!
For example, I can remember in pre-Vatican II times that at Mass after Holy Communion, people would return to their pew, kneel down and bury their head and face on the pew in front of them over their hands or arms. I thought as a child that they were upset about something, very sad or even crying. I didn't know.
Of course, this isn't prescribed in the EF Mass then or now.
But people do devotional things at both the OF and EF Mass now not prescribed by the Mass itself. In the old days the priest didn't know what was going on behind him and today priests don't know in the EF Mass. And this is a good thing as I don't think priests should micro manage what the laity do (within reason) during the Mass as it concerns their postures.
In the EF Mass which has a considerable amount of more kneeling, there is the butt kneel where the person, although still kneeling on the kneeler, leans their butt back on the pew. Should priests complain about it? No! No! No!
And thus I learned yesterday, that at our very first EF High Mass at a normally scheduled Ordinary Mass time of 12:10 PM two Sundays ago that many in the congregation, not all certainly, just a minority, held hands at the Pater Noster during and EF Mass! What a hoot!