Sunday, July 30, 2017
FROM THE ALIVE SOUTH TO THE NORTH ON LIFE SUPPORT
Last week I was able to celebrate Mass while on vacation at a beachside parish packed with about 1,500 people. Wonderful!
Last night I attended a cathedral Mass in a large northeast diocese. Spectacular cathedral about 100 people in attendance. This is one of those areas where about 12% of Catholics attend Mass. sad!
The main priestly problem with the Ordinary Form is that it becomes perfunctory and the priest rushes the words of prayer turning these prayers simply into a "read" Mass where one wonders if there is actual prayer or not. The style of each priest in the Ordinary Form either makes or breaks the Mass.
Ad Orientem and more spiritual silence, sacred silence, is needed, such as a low voice Roman Canon, would go a long way in making a Mass that is rushed in the manner of "reading" it into a Mass that is actual prayer.
The Mass began promptly at 5:00 pm and the recessional hymn was finished promptly at 5:30pm.
Some like it that way!