Facepalm

A reader alerted me to this:

Tired of liturgical abuses in your parish?  Tired of dopey improvisation from the priest?

Get your priest and even the liturgy staff some Say The Black – Do The Red reminders!

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15 Responses to Facepalm

  1. Konichiwa says:

    I just came back from vacation, and the Sunday Mass there left me wondering if the sacrament was valid or not. This mug would’ve been useful to the priest after Mass.

  2. Choirmaster says:

    I’m sorry to say it, but I imagine His Sacred and Venerable hands take this position all-too-often, especially when He thinks of me.

    Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a poor sinner!

  3. Choirmaster says:

    Wait a minute… is this really a statue of Jesus? Why would he be beating his breast in a gesture of contrition?

  4. JonoShea1 says:

    The statue of Jesus is located next to St. Joseph’s Old Cathedral, which is next to the OKC Bombing Memorial. This was St. Joseph’s way of remembering those who died in this attack. St. Joseph’s also suffered damage during the attack. The “Jesus Facepalm” meme has been used in other circumstances as well. I presume that whoever made this was unaware of the significance of this statue, and where it is located. The relevant Wikipedia page can be found here.

  5. everett says:

    This would be particularly appropriate for my experience yesterday at mass. Father is out of town, and the choir decided that Dear Sister God would be an excellent choice for a post-communion hymn. I’ve heard some bad liturgical texts, but I have to say this is quite possibly the worst I have ever heard (even considering such doozies as Sing a New Church).

  6. Fortiter Pugnem says:

    Choirmaster,
    That is a good question. I am reading “The Incredible Catholic Mass” by Fr. Martin von Cochem, and it really gives one a greater understanding of Christ as a Victim and a Priest. However, he doesn’t say anything about Christ making the universal “mea culpa” gesture. Perhaps He is taking on the “mea culpa” on behalf of those who won’t?
    I wonder what the Hispanic “Animator of Parish Liturgy” at my parish would think about this?

  7. Slappo says:

    Everett, did they follow that with the following replacement to the Pater Noster?:

    Our Mother/Father who is everywhere
    Holy be your names.
    May your new age come, may your will be done
    In this and every time and place.
    …. (yes it does go on, however unfortunate that may be)

  8. everett says:

    Luckily, no. I mean, if I didn’t know better, I’d have assumed that the song was actually a parody written to make fun of the the gaia/earth mother/womenpriest movement.

  9. AnAmericanMother says:

    “Our father or mother, who art in heaven, Mecca, or Salt Lake City . . . ”

    Another version: Papal Facepalm

  10. Denita says:

    I’m glad you posted this. I went to Mass yesterday with a friend(OF), and saw something very disturbing. The lay Communion minister- a woman- was actually BLESSING children when they came to her during Communion. Needless to say, I didn’t receive Our Lord because I couldn’t get to Father. My friend’s husband said it was OK for her to do that because she had permission from the priest. My friend told me to ask my own priest, and I will, but I could use some of you guys feedback, too.

  11. catholicmidwest says:

    Dear Sister God…HAHAHA…that makes no sense whatsoever.

  12. Banjo pickin girl says:

    Christ is not making a gesture of contrition here. No motion is implied by the gesture. Have you ever seen anyone sick with grief? What do they do with their hands after they throw them up in the air in shock? They clench them on the chest over the heart.

  13. Seumas says:

    In my case it’s not so much the priest, as everything/one else. He does have the bad habit of interjecting occasional chatty comments, quips and jokes, and encouraging applause often, and he does say the Ecce Agnus Dei wrong like almost every other priest I have heard (even those who otherwise do the red, say the black).

    But mostly it’s the ugly building, it’s the lack of kneelers, it’s the horrible music performed by screechy women (and one guy) right next to the sanctuary and accompanied by piano with lots of sour chords, it’s the poorly trained altar girls in albs, it’s the 9 EMHCs that serve every Sunday Mass, it’s the constant noise before and after (and to some extent during) Mass, and etc., and so forth. I actually get anxiety attacks when I am forced to go there.

    So, does anyone have a cup for that?

  14. Banjo pickin girl says:

    seumas, what you describe is common.