Sunday, June 27, 2010

messing up your mass...

... or stupid things that amuse me. It's wedding season folks, and you know what that means. Deriving a little guilty pleasure from watching the non-Catholic wedding guests fumble through mass trying to decide whether they should sit, stand or kneel.

I know. How non-inclusive of me. It's a burden being easily amused.

15 comments:

Owen said...

Not to mention watching the "Catholic" guests fumble.

Just another mad Catholic said...

it the little children running around during Mass that annoys me.

s-p said...

We Orthodox get hubrical pleasure out of watching people do the "last person standing contest".

hauntingsacristy said...

I got married a little over a week ago and, even though our families are overwhelmingly Baptist, we decided to have the full Wedding Mass anyway. I didn't see what was going on behind me but it was really great hearing nearly everyone reading the responses from the order of worship. I was having nightmares that it would be me, the groom, and like three Catholics weakly saying, "We believe in One God..." I did NOT turn around during Holy Communion because I didn't want to see our priest giving Communion to people who are very obviously not Catholic. (I had a note put into the orders asking non-Catholics to refrain but there's always that one person who feels like they have to make a point.)

Does that bother anyone else, seeing Communion given to people who quite obviously have no clue what they're doing and therefore must be non-Catholic?

shadowlands said...

'Does that bother anyone else, seeing Communion given to people who quite obviously have no clue what they're doing and therefore must be non-Catholic?'

No, I haven't learned to see inside men's hearts yet. God forbid I ever do. Laughing at non-catholics or less liturgically elite Catholics trying to do their best to show respect to Our Lord, whilst I glare at them, secretly thanking God for not being like them, doesn't amuse me either. (I am klike them anyway, sinner in need of grace with a love of kitsch). As for getting annoyed with little children, I think I'll let Jesus speak about that, and boy does He, in scripture. Course, you'd need to be/have been a good Prod to know that, it being in the bible n'all!

Sorry to get a bit snarky, but my good friend (Presbyterian Scottish soldier) was commenting to me, re this blog post today and he said; "Now, do you see, why sometimes us Protestants don't always warm to you Romans?
I had to sheepishly say "Yes, absolutely".

My friend came to Mass with me, the last time he was visiting (first time ever). Now, he's wondering if all the Catholics are looking at him, to see if he is making mistakes. I have to say, reading this and some other Catholic blogs, makes me wonder the same???

Yuk!

Owen said...

@shadowlands
Good correction. As former minister of a protestant sect I apologize for my part in making anyone feel judged.

It is a difficult place to be, wanting to uphold objective truth and remain loving in the way Christ intended love to be. We also know there are many excesses and not a few committed even propagated by those to whom we, the laity, look for leadership.

Not being myself Christ isn't much excuse though for I am to be holy even as he is.

Smiley said...

How many Catholics realize that they need to be not in a state of mortal sin to receive Holy Communion?
First remove the log in the eye then the speck in others eh.
I try to avoid mixed marriages.

The Crescat said...

S-P... and who said the Orthodox are humorless! Ha.

The kids don't bother me, I have one of my own and can tune them out. Plus in the Eastern church everyone is milling about anyway, coming and going, so a few kids wandering about goes unnoticed. Such is fluidity [is that a word] of the Liturgy.

I am not as humble as Owen so I am not making such apologies for what I find humorous. I chuckle because I have been there flipping through the missal wonder "what the hell? Where are we?"

I didn't feel the need to continue the post further praising my efforts in some self congratulatory manner that I actually make an effort to help people understand the rubics of Catholic Calisthenics. But thank you Shadowlands, for providing me the oppurtunity to do a bit of back slapping.

Owen said...

I may be scrupulous in my humility. Just one more crappy sin to deal with, damn it.

Badger Catholic said...

Yes, I tried not to look at my wedding even to who received Communion in our wedding party, not to mention the folks in the cheap seats. Some people couldn't be convinced their hair was on fire.

shadowlands said...

Owen, thank you for your words. They poured the oil from Aaron's beard. I shall direct my friend to your comment.

shadowlands said...

Owen, actually, I have been thinking about you and praying. The Lord called you to leadership from a young age, for a reason, and you feel that is being unused, almost atrophied at the moment. It isn't. Keep preparing, in holiness. Truly, He has a task for you.
How's your daily Rosary bro? Our Lady might want you, soon! For a task that your whole life has been leading up to!

God never wastes, your youth and the path you trod, it was certainly for a reason. The Catholic Church is bending over backwards for the Anglicans. It's the born again believers we need to be reaching out to!!! The men who know their bible and the power of the Lord, their sermons change lives from slavery to freedom. They are the men He will use to empower the Catholic Church! Someone tell the Pope already! (sorry, I love American expressions).

Shark Bait said...

What amused me more was attending a Catholic wedding where I realised I knew the service better than many of the guests, including my (Catholic) date. :-)

laurazim said...

Went to a wedding at a Lutheran church this weekend (though my very Lutheran friend calls himself a heretic!), and had no idea what to do. Turns out, we stood up when the bride came in with her Daddy, and then mos-seve-some of us sat down. NOBODY knew what to do, and the minister was no help, either. We sat through the whole (20-ish minute) thing, including Our Lord's Prayer.

Shoe was on the other foot. Didn't fit, either.

laurazim said...

PS--it was one of those deals where the couple shopped around for a "church" to hold their wedding in. Turns out the Lutheran church was available, the nice minister was willing, and there you have it. Guess that's why nobody there knew what to do. None of them had even been to a Lutheran wedding, either.