From a seminarian (edited):
Please feel free to delete this & move on. I’m sure you receive many similar missives. For me …catharsis ..or I explode!
I went to Mass for Gaudete Sunday at my local parish. I arrived 20 minutes early. The lady sacristan greeted me cheerfully as she scuffed by in her characteristic flip flops..
Our presider (Parish adm; not Pastor) processed in wearing his tailored alb and his usual large blue & white stole. He said, "now let us begin our Liturgy in the Name of the father…….," he then asked us, "to greet those around us by telling each other how far along we are in our Christmas preparations."
When the din had died down he then said, "this is Gaudete Sunday which comes from the latin Gaudeamus which means Let’s Party. That’s when the monks and priests break out the beer, the Benedictine and the Chartreuse. That’s where we get the good stuff, ya’ know, from the big orders."
He then went on with Mass. He began his homily with a story: For Christmas a little girl received a watch and perfume.
She was quite excited and her mother told her not to bother the priest at dinner with her gifts. Irrepressibly she nudged the priest & said, father if you hear or smell anything…it’s me.
At the Our father he summoned his servers up to the Altar to hold hands with him.***
His ushers are trained to continue shaking hands with us while we sing the Lamb of God & indeed to Communion.
His new wrinkle is at he Per Ipsum. He now says, "As we all pray together, Through him…….etc."
Of course, the wine is consecrated in a flagon & the poured into the chalices by a lay person.
At the final blessing, it’s the usual, may Almighty Goe bless each and every one of us, "In the name….."
Sometimes we plumb the depths of our musical treasury all the way back to the 1980s.
*** The holding hands at the Our father is a thing with him. When he 1st came to our parish, a year ago, he said he was shocked that we didn’t hold hands. One of the fellows said that the cardinal had put the kibosh on that, to which he replied, "that order came from Rome!" In point of fact, I had dinner with the cardinal and one of his classmates and hand holding came up. Mahony opined it started with marriage encounter & went back to the parishes that way. He doesn’t like it.
Fr. Z., if you got this far thanks for listening.
PS. We’ve had a series of unbelievable lectures from the seminary staff if. If you’re interested, let me know.
I am afraid to ask.
Do we need more reasons to implement Summorum Pontificum rapidly and everywhere?