A READER WRITES:
I would be interested in your comments on this. I have noticed within the past year or so that many priests are omitting parts of the Mass. For example, after the introductory 'in the name of the Father', they skip straight to the Gloria. They don't say the profession of faith. At first, leaving out the profession of faith was just a one-off mistake due to many priests nowadays being much older, working beyond retirement age and possibly a bit of forgetfulness, but I am now of the opinion that this is deliberate omission rather than a genuine mistake. Also, these same priests have cut short the first, second or Gospel readings as according to my missalette, surely this cannot be right either. am I overthinking in this regard? as I had thought of contacting the bishop about this but am not sure he cares? can you please advise me.
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I must confess that I do not always include the Gloria and the Creed in my Sunday Masses.
I do not intend any disrespect when I do this. It is just that I like to keep Mass between 45 and 50 minutes on a Sunday.
On top of this, I do not always preach a homily or sermon. Sometimes I invite others to do the homily and about once a month instead of a homily we pause after every reading to ask ourselves what God is saying to us in our current lives through the readings. The whole congregation, which in our Oratory is small, or those who wish to get an opportunity to speak.
I do this because I do not believe that God only uses bishops and priests to speak His Word - but all baptized Christians - and indeed all people.
What does it say in Scripture: "WOULD THAT THE WHOLE PEOPLE OF GOD WERE PROPHETS".
Do not get me wrong - I believe that the Mass is most special and its form is also special. But it is like when Jesus was asked about people breaking the Sabbath He replied: "THE SABBATH WAS MADE FOR MAN - NOT MAN FOR THE SABBATH".
The Mass was made for men and women - not men and women made for the Mass.
I think it is very important that when it comes to our Faith we are not LEGALISTIC like the Pharisees but are open to God BLOWING WHERE HE WILL.
I do not like it at all when priests rush Mass or are careless about it.
There was one priest here in Belfast whom they called FATHER FLASH who could do a Sunday Mass, with homily=, in 12 minutes!!! I never thought that funny at all.
Personally, I would never skip the Penitential Rite - as that is our opportunity to ask God's forgiveness before we commune with him in His Word and Sacrament.
Mass should be celebrated respectfully always and take into account the local pastoral needs and culture of the community.
For instance, I do not see the point of FOUR EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS distributing Holy Communion and FOUR PRIESTS sitting doing nothing.
I also think, especially for Sunday Mass music and singing is vital.
I do not think a reading or Gospel should be cut short if it destroys the whole message of the reading.
I would imagine that most bishops nowadays would not listen to your complaints - and even if they did they would do nothing about it.
I do not like the new translation of the Mass and use the older Vatican 11 one.
Apparently, Pope Francis has given bishop's conferences permission to return to the previous one.
What a lot of waste of time and money this latest Pope Benedict translation was.
I also think that whenever possible all at Mass should receive Communion under both species - Bread and Wine.
Personally, I also like to celebrate Mass in a prayerful way - as it is the greatest "prayer" we can offer God.
There is a place for a bit of silence to help this.
Apart from the FOUR EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS I occasionally use the Eucharistic Prayers for Children's Masses.
A change of wording can sometimes help people nit to be rhyming off words without thinking about them.
NOW - over to our readers for their opinions...............