Dating in western mass
Maybe it hasn’t happened in your parish but the trend is clear: better music, better vestments, better postures and rubrics.And yet, we all know that things are not what they should be. Having experienced many of the latter, and talking with many other people about their experiences, I here list the top five ways in which the presentation of the liturgy can ruin the liturgical experience. Improvisation of the Liturgical Texts The problem of celebrants who make up their own words on the spot, in hopes of making the liturgy more chatty and familiar, continues to be a serious annoyance. Celebrants are permitted to break to explain parts of the Mass or provide other special instructions.
We do that just because this is our cultural custom. In general, this whole part of the Mass invites confusion and awkwardness, and no matter how much we try to solemnize it, it still has more of the feeling of a civic or social activity than a truly liturgical one. At worst, it can result in hurt feelings and all around confusion. Replacing Sung Propers with Something Else Since the earliest centuries, the liturgy assigned particular scriptural texts to particular liturgical days.
Or they can seem subtly manipulative, trying to get us to think and believe things about the controversies of the day that are actually more in dispute than the prayer would indicate.
A particular annoyance to me are the prayers that are crafted to straddle some kind of triangulating political position that has nothing to do with the liturgy or doctrine or morals.
How many choirs know that their processional hymn is displacing the assigned entrance?
How many know that there is a real antiphon assigned at the offertory and that it is not just a time for the choir to sing its favorite number?
We are getting ever closer to an improved liturgy in the English-speaking world.