Then, at the Lamb of God, I perceived wrongly that a parishioner, who has serious health problems, had collapsed in the front pew to the side of our altar. What to do???????
(Fortunately, I misperceived what had happened). Distracting nonetheless.
But in the life of an extraordinary priest, this takes the cake!
I had the Extraordinary Form of the Mass at our Cathedral at 1 PM yesterday, after a distracting Ordinary Form Mass that went too long 20 miles away and I got to the Cathedral fifteen minutes before 1 PM.
I was informed by the mc for the Mass that I was going solo without him but with two small altar boys, who he said knew what they were doing (and they did). And yes, at St. Joseph in Macon, I didn't have an mc for the EF Mass, but at the Cathedral I have grown accustomed to having one tell me what to do, when to do it and to flip the pages of the Roman Missal. I am spoiled, I know!
And the crowd for the EF Mass was larger than normal, more tourists I guess.
But that wasn't the most distracting. This was:
As I was chanting flawlessly the Solemn Easter Preface in Latin of course, the sound system in the Cathedral went haywire! The feedback made my tinnitus go bizzerk, in fact, I thought that it was my tinnitus. It got so loud that my chanting started to harmonize with the squeal of feedback.
But I was a prayerful trooper, acting as though none of this was a distraction to me. Finally someone rebooted the sound system. It was a good thing, though for ad orientem so no one could see my sense of relief when the distracting unbearably loud squealing stopped. And of course, I did not become distracted whatsoever by the reaction of the faithful behind me since we were all facing the same direction, God, Who is never a distraction!
All in the life of an ordinary/extraordinary parish priest.