Attended Mass today at a church I normally do not attend. Noticed that approximately 1/3 to close to half of the Mass goers had left Mass after Communion. I really felt embarrassed for the presiding priest. (Although he may be used to this).
I am sure that we receive graces when blessed by the priest at the conclusion of Mass. Why do many decide to forego such graces? Maybe they are unaware of the significance of the final blessing. Maybe they feel it is enough to receive enough graces through reception of the Eucharist. Maybe they just want to beat the traffic and catch their favorite tv program in time.
Should priests inform their congregation that is of benefit that they remain til the end of Mass? Is the final blessing that important anyway?