Sunday, January 22, 2006

mass frustration


I love attending mass. The boys are finally at the point where they sit quietly (for the most part) and I can listen to the readings with an open heart & mind without worrying about whether they're disturbing those around us.

Now, though, my frustration is with the choices made by the priest / liturgical committee / whatever. I sing along to the sung "Gloria" that takes 5 minutes. I finally got past being annoyed when they sang the "Our Father". I firmly press my hands together to avoid holding hands during the "Our Father". I bow my head respectfully during the "Alleuia" and avoid the twisty-turny hand motions. BUT, now, they've decided to sing the creed . . . the only thing the congregation does is respond to the singer (who I know has a different title - but I feel like the entire mass is done just for her ego & to give her more opportunities to sing . . . ). We're supposed to respond with "Amen . . . I Believe" WELL, I am just about fed up. I have taught my boys the Apostles Creed and during the 11:30 mass they usually say the Apostles Creed vs. the Nicene Creed. But, I really don't know if I can deal with ANOTHER freaking song during mass. PLUS, I believe we should all say the creeds together. . . singing them IS NOT THE SAME. OH, and she can NEVER do the responsorial hymn that is called for in the missal. She ALWAYS chooses another psalm to sing.

What is wrong with the traditional mass? I'm not asking that we go back to a Latin mass . . . but why can't we just stick with the basics?

And, don't get me started on the dozen extraordinary eucharistic ministers.

And, it's not just our current parish. It just seems to be the "fashion" these days. I did a completely unscientific poll recently about some of the things that bug me and found that converts didn't have a problem - but those who are cradle Catholics agreed with me for the most part. I feel like I've converted to a Protestant church, but nobody told me.

Bleck. What a lousy way to feel after mass.

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