Our parish building had a power outage so all of our Masses were called. A friend and I went to a different parish in town.
Still trying to process it. My parish is the only parish I have ever experienced Mass at (came into full communion at the Easter Vigil '07).
I had the niave idea that most parish liturgies were like mine. My pastor is by the book without being in your face about it. He doesnt veer off the text of the liturgy. He sings part of it but not overly much. I wouldnt call our parish heavily traditional but its not real progressive either.
Today’s parish experience was more of a progressive one. It felt odd to me. I felt out of place in a way.
My prayer to God at the end of it was more along the lines of
“Thank you Lord for the priest who celebrated the Sacrifice of the Mass and made You present for me in the Eurcharist. Beyond that, Im not sure if I was deeply feed I was. Forgive me for that”
I will say that there are obviously a lot of people whom this style works for. It’s a very active parish (so is mine by the way, and both parishes are in the same town).
There must be a real need for both parishes, ones for those of us who like a bit more of the traditional style, and those who need more of a progressive one??
Any thoughts from those who have experienced such differences I would love to hear from. I still find myself a bit uncomfortable with the differences.