I have been a long time reader, but just have joined. I am a young’n… just 25 years old.
As you see from my user name, I am from WI. In our state, I have been to Masses in both the Diocese of Green Bay and presently at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. I have also been to masses outside the state in the Tampa, FL area.
In my experience, it seems mighty hard to find Masses that are carried out in a traditional/pure way. By this I mean traditional organ, the Priest actually respecting the Tabernacle by bowing and not speaking in front of it during the homily, etc. Presently, I am very happy/fortunate to have a Parish that has a few thousand members part of it that is very traditional, and who has a Priest that respects what comes from Rome in terms of carrying out the Mass. It is a very busy mass every week, with 3 Masses on Sunday and members coming from areas where they pass two to three other Parishes on the way. I have to feel one of the big reasons for this is because it is carried out the way it is… and it really is such a great Mass every week.
However, this seems to be (at least in our state) an exception to the rule. I had a Jesuit marriage retreat day at a local Parish on the other side of town that made me feel so very uncomfortable, that had a rock band with tambourines, keyboard, and two guitars. The Priest was walking around in front of the Tabernacle in the middle aisle during this homily, no respect for it, and was wearing one of those microphones that went in his ear and over his mouth (which I attribute to seeing at those mega churches). I felt so illegitamite that I ended up at our church the next day on Sunday to feel like I legitimately went that week.
Sadly, at least in my opinion, this seems to be a lot more common than not around here in both of the Dioceses that I have belonged to. Interestingly enough, those masses tended to be more empty than the ones I went to that were more traditional… I wonder if that could be a coincidence or not… but one has to wonder.
How is the mass carried out where you are? Is our state abnormal in this, or is this become pretty commonplace? I just get saddened to know it is getting harder and harder to find the traditional mass that I grew up with.
May god bless you all…