Friday, January 15, 2016
MAYBE I'VE BEEN HERE TO LONG AND PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN UP COMPLAINING ABOUT WHAT I DO, BUT FOR FOUR YEARS NOW WE HAVE MADE OUR 12:10 PM SUNDAY MASS MORE PRE-VATICAN II AND NOT ONE WORD OF COMPLAINT FROM ANYONE ABOUT IT, NOT ONE WORD!
At our 12:10 PM Mass we distribute Holy Communion to communicants kneeling at the full length of our restored altar railing. It only takes two to do this faster than four "communion stations" at fixed locations. People do not have to kneel, though most do, one can easily stand next to someone kneeling and some do stand without interference or difficulty.
We average about 300 or so people for the 12:10 PM Mass. The last Sunday of the month we make it an Extraordinary Form Mass. We make sure everyone has the order of the EF Mass with its English translation side by side with the Latin and we provide the English propers and Scriptures for that particular Mass. I have tried to catechize this group about the differences in style and spirituality and how best to participate in this Mass in an actual way which is properly understood as a combination of interior and exterior participation as in the OF tradition. I also explain the reason for the soft voice Roman Canon as a sign of silence in the awesome presence of God and speaking to Him in prayer in humble hushed tones, a kind of iconostasis of silence, entering the Holy of Holies as it were.
Not one complaint from anyone about it. Not one!
So now we have more than 300 participating in our monthly EF Mass compared to the 40 to 60 number we had at 2 PM once a month.
No complaints from anyone thus far.