Surely all of us have read many threads about liturgical abuses. How about a thread that explores the set-up, clean-up and general surrounding in which the Mass is celebrated?
On Wednesday I went in as usual to set-up for the early Mass. Opening the giant drawer of freshly laundered sacred linens I had to sort though about a dozen corporals and purificators to find some not stained with lipstick, wine or possibly the Precious Blood. All too often they get shoved back into the drawer after Mass in a soiled condition.
Setting-up the sacred vessels I was reminded that their interiors need to be re-plated soon. Not from use but from the deep scratches made by the jewelry worn by those who wash (after purification) the sacred vessels.
Walking out to the sanctuary I notice once again notice a splash of candle wax on the altar cloth from someone who blew out the altar candles. Why can’t they use a tool/snuffer like the have been asked? How nice, even more dried beeswax on the sanctuary floor tile and on the brass candlesticks themselves. Oh look, someone once again left burnt matches on the candlesticks’ wax holders right next to the altar!
What’s with all the shriveled flowers on credence table? They certainly didn’t shrivel overnight. Doesn’t anyone care? Just before Mass begins the head EMHC comes out to “check” the tabernacle. He leaves it unlocked, wide-open with the key in it to “make things go quicker.” After he walks away I lock the tabernacle and find the celebrant to personally give him the key.
After Mass it’s a virtual fire drill to get out of the place. Someone cries out “WHO’S DOING THE DISHES?” I hear quiet cheers as “speedy” Cherri tears into the vessels. “Cherri washes them so fast!” BANG, BANG, BANG, BANG against the metal sink. I’m wondering “what’s your hurry, Cherri? You’re retired as most of these people are.” I guess they are in a hurry to get to the “breakfast” that has been dominating the conversation.
Where do people learn to act in this manner? These are educated and I would hope fairly cultured people. Why do they act this way? How can this behavior be changed? It’s been going on forever and it’s horrible. Truly horrible.
The pastor mentions these items and it’s like they defiantly couldn’t care less. Sure if it gets real bad individuals will get removed from ministry but that causes massive hard feelings which leads to other problems.
What’s the genesis of this problem?