Monday, October 8, 2012
Thankfully, I've never run into this one.
What will they think of next?
As I mentioned in the comments section of another post, I ran into some shenanigans last evening at Mass. The priest made up his own penitential rite. He did do the general absolution but the prayers before it were not from the rite of the Catholic Church.
He also said we were going to hear the best homily ever given in the history of mankind.
He skipped over the first part of the Gospel on the substance of marriage and made up his own version of the second paragraph.
When he got to the homily, it turns out 2000 years of Saints and the Doctors of the Church do not hold a candle to Winston Churchill. "Don't ever give up or give in". Absolutely no context but after he told us the story, he asked for applause.
Good advice for weight watchers but there are plenty of things Catholics are called to surrender. As he was building the drama of the greatest story ever told, ten feet above where he was standing, directly above his head hung the paradox of his own foolish maxim. Christ hanging from His Crucifix.
This was the second time I ran into this priest and he clowned around with The Sacred Liturgy. I stayed away from the place for months. I seldom run into this nonsense anymore. I suppose I know exactly where these priests are in residence. This was a new one on me. I hope he is not on the local circuit. I hate to put more miles on my car. Thank God, he did do a valid Consecration, but I laughed to myself on the way out. After 25 years of occasionally going to Mass at this parish, giving up is exactly what I'm doing.
For those of us in Boston, speaking of the music ministry futzing with our prayers: Tell me something, is the new musical composition for the Gloria painful, or is it me? The refrain is overdone and repeated ad nauseum. The actual prayer gets lost. I hope this goes the way of the David Haas hymnals.