Saturday, May 28, 2011

Memorial Day

My apologies for not having posted yesterday.

I wanted to wish you all a restful Memorial Day weekend. It is quite cloudy here in Chicago early on this Saturday morning. I am looking forward to three days here at home, catching up on lots of cleaning and planting. Let's remember those who died to preserve the freedoms we enjoy.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Anonymous said...

As a D. Min, what would you say to a Mass, celebrating the 6th Sunday of Easter, in which the presider does not speak on anything of the Scriptures proclaimed nor the season or prayers of the Liturgy, who instead, flanked by two servers with candles, kneels before the altar, and has the assembly pray to the Father for all those US military, lost in battle?

Included was the usual Introductory Greeting "The Lord be with you..... Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone." (You too, Father, said the assembly), the American and Papal flags on either side of the crucifix, and America, The Beautiful as a recessional hymn.

It felt like a USA pep rally rather than dining at the table of Christ Jesus. There IS Mass on Memorial Day in our town, held at the local cemetery, with the Bishop serving as principal celebrant.

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

Hello Anonymous. Thank you for the post. When I was a full-time music nd litugy director, we would add one or two intercessions, praying for those who lost their lives in military battle (a few years we prayed for our enemies who had died as well). And I can remember at the conclusion of the announcements a wish by the celebrant that people enjoy the holiday. And I have to admit that "America the Beautiful" became the so-called "closing hymn" on most Memorial Day and Independence Day weekends. Since the "closing hymn" is an adaptation (no hymn is called for in the liturgical books, as you know), I felt it was appropriate. I think what you describe (the "greeting," and the added ritual before the altar) was over the top and reflected (sadly) that this was more "Father's Mass" and less the Church's Mass.

Paul said...

What would I say? I would say it's time to find a new church. FAST.