Went to Mass this morning and was treated to the best April Fool's Joke ever...You'll never guess...one hint...it is Palm Sunday. Ok, maybe two hints...It is Palm Sunday AND there was a procession. Ok, maybe three hints...It is Palm Sunday AND there was a procession AND there were ladies in white flowing gowns waving and dancing large palm branches into the sanctuary, around the sanctuary, and out of the sanctuary.
Looking at it again, though, except for the April and the fool(s) part, it really isn't a joke...it is the sad state of affairs of my particular parish in this particular Pacific NW diocese. Can anyone justify dancing (or as the politically correct, liturgically uniformed, wanna be free, squishy Jesus catholic crowd would have it, "liturgical movement") at Mass unless your parish is one of a handful of ethnic parishes (read: not of the American culture, like the Basques or Native American Indians) in the US and around the world who have been granted permission to perform their sacred dances because it is intrinsic to their worship? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
No, I didn't think so. This dancing silliness has gone on long enough. Please, Pope Benedict XVI, shut this liturgical abuse down before the gates of hell pervade against us.