With Labor Day behind us (and the traditional end of summer vacations), we settle back into the routine of work, school and parish life. I think this is a good time to remind all of us some liturgical guidelines regarding the Mass. Today, just a few basics:
Try to get to Mass before it starts in order to pray and become recollected in your heart.
Warmly welcome one another but keep small talk to a minimum so people can have a chance to pray and prepare for Mass.
Sing the hymns! Listen to the readings! Respond when appropriate! Try to be fully present to what is happening during the entire Mass.
Don’t slam the kneelers.
Move into the pew if latecomers arrive. I know you got there first but it really is an act of kindness.
After Mass, please take any conversation into the vestibule or outside. Often people are praying or a Baptism is going to take place and silence is important. (And, yes, I need to remember this one too!)
Be welcoming of visitors and be patient with your priests ( we each have gifts but we don’t have ALL of them!)
Next week we will go into a little more detail about other parts of the Mass!
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