I went to mass at a different parish this past weekend and saw something that I'd never seen before. Before the consecration the priest invited all the children to gather around the altar and then started the prayer of consecration. I have never seen this but I really don't like this at all.
He also added a few sentences to the prayer--adding church member's names that were dead in the part of the consecration where it talks about remembering those who have died.
He also ran through the prayer so fast there were times I did not actually understand what he said. Where's the fire?
He also told everyone to hold hands during the Lord's Prayer and I don't like this, I just held my missal and shook my head no. GRRR when will they STOP doing this?
Can someone tell me about this children gathering around the altar. They didn't bow, kneel or anything. I also saw something else my home parish doesn't have, girl altar servers.
I left a little unsettled, not sure what to think.
Let me know your thoughts.