From a reader…
Thank you for your Priesthood!
I have a question about the validity of a Mass. My mother was in town for Mother’s Day and we went to Mass on Sunday (Novus Ordo). I am far from a “radical traditionalist”.
I prefer the old rite and am a member of an FSSP parish, however, I often attend daily Mass and receive the Sacraments in the Novus Ordo.
That said, I have a question regarding the validity of a Mass, or when it is illicit and/or invalid.
We attended a Mass on Sunday where the Priest began the Mass speaking to the congregation and saying that he wanted do to something different.. and not to tell Father (the Pastor of the Parish).
He skipped all of the introductory Rites. No reverencing of the alter, no Sign of the Cross, no Penitential Act. No Gloria. No Collect.
Instead, Father invited some family of his up and introduced them. A grand niece and her husband, a Navy Seal, and their two children, one an infant who he had just baptized several days prior. He then invited them into the sanctuary. He then proceeded to take the newborn into his arms and sit to read the Gospel. He told all to remain seated during his reading of the Gospel. This was the start of the Mass.
Afterwards, he had the first reading read by a lector. No responsorial psalm, no Gospel Acclamation.
We stood up and left at this point, to find another Mass. I have great respect for young families and anyone who serves/has served in the military. However, in Church, I worship God and God alone.
Question is: was the Mass valid? or illicit? Did we do the right thing in leaving?
Wow. That was weird. In my opinion, you didn’t do anything wrong by leaving early from … whatever that was. It was at least a travesty.
Whatever that … mess was, it was illicit.
First, I would let the pastor of that parish know what happened and that you left. The coward even told people not to say anything? Say something.
Next, you didn’t mention anything about the two-fold consecration. I suspect you left before that. So, I can’t say anything about validity.
That priest needs a serious talking to.