From a reader…
First, thanks. Your blog helped me find my way back into the Church after many years and was very formative for me.
I and several other men I’m close with have been asked by our pastor and parochial vicar to become instituted acolytes as part of a push for liturgical reform at our large suburban parish. Our pastor is excellent and I want to support his efforts which I think will include a TLM at some point but I’m a little uncomfortable at the thought of being an EMHC and of spending less time in the pew with my 3, so far, young children. Perhaps you could speak to these two concerns directly as well as the factors in play generally.
Once again thank you so much for the work you do and be assured of my friends prayers for you.
So many things come to mind.
First, thanks for the kind words at the top. They help.
In no special order of precedence…
It could be that seeing their father involved will also be formative for your children, provided that mom can handle it all.
Having men as instituted acolytes will help to reduce or get rid of the vocation repressing scourge of women in the sanctuary as EMHCs, servers, etc. Yes, I wrote “scourge”. Freak out, libs. I’m pretty sure that that is also what the pastor of this parish is aiming at. Good for him.
Do a search on the word “acolyte” and see what dreadful images come up. The more male installed acolytes the better.
It could be helpful for you to gather the men who have been approached to be installed as acolytes and then negotiate with the pastor the implementation of ad orientem worship and the TLM.
See this as a step toward better days. Things are not accomplished overnight in parishes. A brick by brick approach is often needed to bring about long term changes. You can be part of a solution.