Go over right away to read Anthony Esolen’s latest at The Catholic Thing.
He reflects on how hard it is to pray at a rather usual “Novus Ordo” Mass. His description could match any number of places.
Then he asks: What is a liturgist?
He gives his own thoughts on the matter.
My old pastor use to say that:
A liturgist is one raised up by God so that people who haven’t yet suffered for their Faith may do so.
Back to Esolen. Choice quote…
I stand in line to receive, just as I stand in line for chili and doughnuts at Tim Horton’s. Indeed, at the latter, I may have a few moments of silence for thinking, but at Communion, no. Keep that line moving, pal. Body of Christ already.
The priest at this church is a very fine man, and he gives intelligent homilies. I believe he does the best he can, by his lights, under the circumstances. But everything in that Mass, from the music out of Glory ’N’ Praise, to the bored and slouching altar girls, to the chirpy announcer, to the disgraceful lectionary, to the bleak and bare walls, to the bad liturgical instructions come down from the chancery, acts as a drag on the ship of faith.
It is like trying to sail with anchors down and flukes in the mud.
As usual, his writing is excellent. Go there to find his answer to the question.
Also, check out his book