[quote=BayCityRickL]Mass is a very intense experience for me, and I usually only tune in for the scripture readings and homily. I don’t feel that I can properly experience the Eucharist on TV.
EWTN flashes the Eucharist and monstrance at some unexpected times, like when I sitting home eating potato chips or sipping a coke. I feel very irreverent at times like that.
I would like to suggest that they use the “prayer of the faithful” in a more spontaneous way. They have virtually a boilerplate (this is to say, very rigid) list of petitions, starting with the prayer for the Pope, the bishops, the priests, the brothers, the religious, for an end to abortion. And, they very rarely, if ever, pray “for the intentions of those participating in the Mass” or for EWTN’s benefactors in the viewing audience, or the like. They are “in charge”, so they are always praying for themselves. There are a lot of sick people out there besides Mother Angelica. There are a lot of lonely people out there, for example. In other words, they’re very self-centered, which is … very self-centered of them.
To be very specific and picky: Once in a while they have a petition that God would allow more devotion to Mary. That makes no sense to me.
EWTN has a lot of money and I think they should replace the present chapel, and especially those creaky pews.
And, I, for one, know of no other church or chapel that uses Latin like they do. I think they’re trying to make a point by using a few sprinkles of Latin. I think they could exercise a tremendous leadership role by setting a standard of how a good Mass in English should be conducted, as that is certainly the norm throughout this country. Instead, they’re using a mixed rite which will never be universally used.
Someone in this thread has pointed out that the chapel is small. I think it’s bad manners to seat all those tall priests and brothers in front of the congregation, who’s view is thereby obstructed.
I could go on, but I think you get my drift.
1.) I think it’s wonderful to hear a prayer for the Church, the pope and the priests…
2.) EWTN does not have a lot of money. It essentially runs on a month to month basis per Deacon Bill, their Chairman.
3.) The use of Latin is encouraged in the Novus Ordo Mass. My parish often uses the Gloria, Sanctus and Agnus Dei in Latin.
4.) I think it’s WONDERFUL to have so many clerics in full view up at the front!