I found this on Ten Reasons.
Sign of victory and celebration
From a Rochester (NY) reader:
I was in attendance at Sr. Joan’s 50th anniversary mass at OLOL tonight at 5PM. … During the consecration, [Fr. Lawlor] (as usual) invited the (packed) congregation to remain standing "as a sign of victory and celebration." I was expecting that. What I was not prepared for was his reference to some early church somebody (I was too stunned to retain the specific reference) suggested that "kneeling at this time could be construed as a venial sin." I paused (as he did) and went into hypervigilant mode, only to hear him say (verbatim), "Lest we commit venial sin, let us continue to stand." !!?!?!??"
In the USA, congregations are to kneel from after the Sanctus to after the Amen following the Doxology.
In Italy, congregations are to kneel for the consecration. from the epiklesis until the "acclamation" following the consecration.
I don’t believe there is anywhere in the world in the Latin Church where people are not supposed to kneel for the consecration.
First,… the report is that the priest invited people to something against the Church’s liturgical law at the time of the consecration. If you search the Roman Missal there is no option for this.
No one is to add anything to the texts or rubrics on his own authority.
If the priest did this, he hijacked the Mass and abused the congregation for his own selfish agenda. He turned the Mass and the people there into objects to be utilized in the advancement of his ideology.
He is a bully.
And what is this "lest we commit venial" sin, is simply snide. By invoking the category of sin, he is mocking the pre-Conciliar Missale Romanum, which in the praenotanda referred to venial and mortal sin for defects and violation of rubrics. He is also mocking people who are interested in deeper liturgical decorum through obedience.
I would be very interested to learn from this bully which Father of the Church he instrumentalized to ask people to violate the Church’s clear liturgical law and break unity of worship on his own authority to.