When I take a break from movies with lots of explosions, I like period pieces. You can’t beat a well done production of a Jane Austen novel or just about any of the 19th century writers.
It happened the other day that I caught a few minutes of Pride and Prejudice, in one of those moments when someone entered a room where other people were. They stood and bowed or curtsied. People addressed each other with titles.
On the other hand, are we becoming a society of cretins? A community of slubberdegullions? A nation of blatteroons?
The lack of formality, or decorum, must over time take its toll on us collectively.
No where is this more evident than in our churches.
My friend Msgr. Charles Pope has some good comments on reverence in church. HERE
Among other things he comments on women covering their heads, which always sparks discussion. And for good reason, because this symbolic gesture goes to the core of what I am talking about.
Do you give thought to what you wear to church? What your children wear?
Just to muddy the waters a bit, on that classic day when we all are obliged to go to church, does any formality follow you back to the family home, perhaps with a sit-down meal to be shared with proper manners?
By the by, Msgr. Pope includes a video of the beginning of the movie True Confessions, which starts with a Solemn Nuptial Mass in the Usus Antiquior. I have a personal connection to this movie, because the very vestments used in that movie, those actual vestments and not vestments like them, were later donated to my home parish in St. Paul, St. Agnes. I have worn that chasuble quite a few times. And, yes, when the priest returned to the center of the altar, the deacon and subdeacon should not have been at an angle and the priest should have kept his eyes cast down for the Dominus vobiscum… but its Hollywood and that is about as close to accurate as you get with that lot.