Wednesday, March 25, 2015
IS IT TOO MUCH TO ASK THAT THE KNEELING, SITTING AND STANDING GUIDELINES FOR THE LAITY AT THE EF MASS BE MORE LIKE THE OF MASS?
Okay, this is a pet peeve of mine. I don't like the different standards for kneeling, standing and sitting for the EF Mass, with the Low Mass having one set of standards and the High Mass another. I think this is an American invention as we like to tell the laity what to do in the pews.
Also, I think there is entirely too much kneeling for the EF Low Mass. You even kneel for the readings! I remember this as a child and not fondly. I remember how tired people got and how they did a butt-kneel. Has anyone seen this today in an EF Mass, a butt-kneel? It was very, very common in the bad old days prior to Vatican II. I did too, you just leaned back and you were kneeling an let your butt rest on the edge of pew. Nice no? NOT!
Because the EF Mass is the red-headed step daughter of the Church, most bishops' conferences don't pay any attention to it. Maybe this is good. I don't think so. Why can't they decree that the standing, sitting and kneeling of the EF Mass be more like that which is a part of the OF Mass. Just wondering.
Here are my suggestions for the EF Mass no matter if high, low or anywhere in between:
Stand for the entrance.
Kneel for the PATFOTHA
Stand for the Kyrie, Gloria, Collect
Sit for the First reading and Gradual/tract
Stand for the Gospel
Sit for the homily
Stand for the Credo
Sit for the Offertory Antiphon and Offertory
Stand for the Orate Fratres
Stand for the Secret, Preface
Kneel for the Sanctus and Canon
Stand for the Pater Noster
Remain standing through the Agnus Dei
Kneel after the Agnus Dei
Sit during the abultions and Communion antiphon
Stand for the Prayer after Communion
Stand for the Ite Missa Est
Kneel for the Placeat and Blessing
Stand for the Last Gospel