I was at the vigil Mass for the feast of the Immaculate Conception. There was a lady in front of me, by two pews.
She was swaying from side to side while she was sitting and standing. The only exception was when she was kneeling. She did this the entire Mass. Although I would not do it actually, I pictured myself interrupting her to ask if she wouldn’t mind not doing that.
Aside from the people who are talking in church before and during Mass, there are the people who do distracting things like this.
This is partially my fault, because I sat in one of the back pews – I just took a chance and lost.
Just before the start of communion, somebody’s cell phone went off, and the phone seemed to answer itself, and there was a man’s voice saying “hello…helllo…” which could be heard across the church to where I was. The priest broke his composure at this moment to direct that the phone should be shut off. It didn’t work. The ringing of the phone and the voice of the man-caller was heard again “hello?..hello?..hello?”
I thought we could be spared announcements since this was a Friday evening…but no, there was an announcement by the priest that he was leaving immediately to head to the local college for another Mass celebration. He did not want anyone to be offended about his brisk departure, not shaking hands with folks as he usually does after Mass.
He also broke my train of concentration when he interrupted his homily with a digression about his seminary education. If his homily was about the Immaculate Conception, that was totally lost on me.
I think I have PTSD, one of whose symptoms is “hypervigilance” – getting overly upset about nit picky things. – the distractions bother me, and the fact that there ARE distractions bothers me more.