I really shouldn't have to apologize for expressing what is true and correct in Catholic liturgy, in Catholic life. But, I will, just in case I offend someone with my orthodoxy. (Is sarcasm a sin?) I am sad and I terribly miss the work of the people enacted in my old parish of St. Margaret's, Oceanside. I miss the reverence. I miss the strict adherance to liturgical norms and GIRM rubrics. I long for the five Propers instead of the 4-hymn sandwich. What I wouldn't give to hear a little Gregorian chant, in Latin, at Mass. How I wish to attend a liturgy where the Kyrie isn't skipped (because of accident or choice) and liturgical dancers are not permitted in the Sanctuary (I am NOT talking about Basque people here, who have a cultural connection between worship and dance, by the way). How pleased I would be if I could go to a church where it seems there weren't more EMHCs than people attending or where the pastor thought the best way to engage children in liturgy was to have children lectors who really have no business reading out loud in worship (and, really, shouldn't readers be fully initiated?). I want go ta Mass where there isn't this unnatural desire to go up to Communion simply because everyone else is doing it but rather because people go because of proper disposition, where parents don't insist that their young ones under the age of reason go receive a blessing in the Communion line so the kiddos don't feel left out,where my family and I aren't made to feel awkward because we don't hold hands during the Our Father. I'd love to step into a sacred environment where the liturgical colors aren't messed with, where there is a preponderance of permanent sacred art that negates the need for temporary banners, where choir members sitting in the front for the whole congregation to see don't fall asleep with mouths gaping during the homily, where the altar servers know precisely what to do and when to do it, where norms are followed and liturgical innovations are regarded like the pariahs they are.
I am not perfect. I don't expect liturgy to be perfect. It is messy especially since it is a "work of the people." But, I can dream, can't I?
My rant is now done. :-)
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