Sunday, June 17, 2007
MASS WAS MOSTLY NORMAL TODAY, THANK YOU LORD!
Nearly no surprises. No bongo drums. No deviation from the rubrics--well, a little ad lib, but it was ok, though the Mass prayers were rushed. We attended Mass at St. Bernards.
One odd thing did happen, though. We had a missionary sister talk about the work of her order in the field, and solicit funds. When she was finished talking, the "audience" applauded her. There was no earthly reason for the applause. It was the sort of response a speaker at a lecture or conference would get. I've never been around when a missionary was applauded before. I suppose next we can expect the celebrant to get applause for his homily. The applause screams loudly that the laity viewed the speaker as a performer. It is a very screwed up response.