From a reader…
After the Final Blessing (and normally some announcements), our Pastor says ” Remember God loves you and so do I.”
Many in the Parish have begun to reply ” We love you too Father”.
I have been told by some in my that I am being “a doctor of the law” and that since the Final Blessing has been given, Father is not adding anything to the Mass. I take the view that Father is creating a new ending for the Mass and this touchy-feely sediment needs to cease.
Looking for some guidance.
Awwwww. Fadda wuvs you vewy vewy much. How sweet.
I recommend that everyone rush up into the sanctuary to give him a big hug, and maybe a wet kiss, too. Sediment or sentiment… grist for bottom-feeding boors.
This cloying stuff is contrary to the sacred dignity of the actions just performed.
I don’t impute malice to the priest. That said, this sort of “announcement” smacks of narcissism. He’s calling undue attention to himself.
That said, it is true, that since it is after the final blessing it isn’t the sort of liturgical abuse that demands some discipline. Although … there is still the recessional, which seems to be a “part” of Mass in a way.
Your best response is probably to say nothing or do nothing beyond roll your eyes.
Pray for the priest. Offer up your annoyance for the sake of the Poor Souls.