There are a lot of people who don’t get many good points in the sermons they must endure.
For my part, since I am visiting my mother as I write, and I had no public Mass, I did not say anything. However, I went to check out the comparatively recently instituted TLM at the parish in my mother’s town. It was Low Mass.
The priest, whom I believe is the administrator of the place, made a good point (among many) about the way God created man, male and female, such that through their complementarity new images of God could come into the world. Adam and Eve could do what Adam and another Adam cannot, what Eve and another Eve cannot.
On another note, the priest did very well with the rites of Mass, though he had a running battle with word accents and a few other points of pronunciation.
Note to priests: Make sure that those prayers which are to be heard by the congregation have some polish on them!
Get those accents right, especially those 3rd person plural perfect endings. Dear Fathers, it’s “deduxÉrunt et adduxÉrunt” not “dedÚxerunt et addÚxerunt”. I can barely make my mind think about how that sounds. The horror. The horror.
Reverend and dear Fathers… you will find, right there on the pages of the Missal, indications about how to place stress in the word.
Sometimes, you change the meaning of a word by shifting the accent, as when you goof up cónditor and condítor. At other times, when the meaning doesn’t shift… well… you just sound a wrong.
Also, Fathers, I recommend NOT using a microphone during the Roman Canon. Let silence be silence.
There are, in the traditional form of Holy Mass, different levels of voice. Sometimes you are so quite that someone very close, like a deacon or MC might have a hard time hearing you. Other times, just those in the sanctuary or near the altar. At other times, also those in the congregation. The microphone destroys the distinction and brings us into the kind of liturgical schizophrenia which McLuhan would have recognized.
Let it be completely understood that I abhor clip-on wireless microphones. That said, there is now a vesting prayer for the clip on!
Concede, Domine, virtutem labiis meis et prudentiam ad Tuam proclamandam veritatem, ut per indigni servi Tui vocem, vox Tui tonitrui in rota contremat terram.
Priests – especially American and younger – might want to consult
for some help with the Latin, particularly of those prayers which are pronounced at full voice. For example, you don’t want to get anything in, say, the Pater Noster wrong.
Just some helpful hints, since I can’t post my own sermonizing today.