From a reader:
I am from Puerto Rico and I want to consult to you something that bothered me a lot on my Parish’s Paschal Virgil. I belong to the San José Parish in Caguas, Puerto Rico; it is a Discalced Carmelite Parish. Forgive me if my English is not very good, my main language is Spanish.
After the Gloria, about ten teen aged girls came by the doors of the temple and shouted to each other: "He has risen! Did you hear, X?" After that, they all came to the center of the temple and started dancing to a song of an Hispanic Christian group called Tercer Cielo ‘Creeré’ (this group is not catholic nor the song was not about the Resurrection, but about how to trust God to help you in Victory.) At the end of the song, a teen-aged boy came as Jesus and paraded by the Temple as he was "resurrected".
Most of the people in the parish started clapping; I was with my 3 children and thought that it was an irreverence to our Church to do so, so I didn’t.
The deacons of our Parish helped stage the dance and they are not easy to correct, less alone without a document of the Church to use as reference. Also, until I would like to take this before our Parish Priest, but with documentation.
I have looked on the internet (including vatican.va) and I have not find any official document about this theme. Can you kindly guide me towards where should I look? Should I shut up about this?
I would appreciate if you can help me with this issue.
Okay… I’m pretty tired so I am going to ask some folks to offer some responses to you, through me by e-mail, from which I can select to post. Put the title of this post in the SUBJECT for the e-mail.
But my first reaction is: How long Oh Lord will we endure this abuse?
I would ask any of those people who organized that adolescent romp to show where in the Roman Missal those things are called for.
Get photos and videos… I am sure there are some… and send them to the Congregation for Divine Worship. Don’t worry: the Prefect’s Spanish is pretty good. He’ll grasp the essentials if he can see photos and a video.