Don’t have an option for: I knew it would be bad, yes there were a few good things but very few, and really, don’t you know you’re at MASS?
Father lighting the fire inside just before the Sanctuary: yes, the weather wasn’t great but we would have been fine for the few minutes we would have been outside.
Father chanting the Exsultet: excellent and much better than in the past.
Liturgy of the Word: Only three Old Testament readings (they won’t do all of the readings anymore which really disappoints me because I love hearing all the readings) done as if we were children being read a bedtime story. I kid you not. I was also disappointed by Father reading the Gospel in Spanish. Yes, the Mass was bilingual but this was unnecessary. Father’s homily was well, I don’t really remember what it was about except God loves us. And hearing the Gloria in Spanish was also disappointing.
The Sacraments: Since it was a bilingual Mass with mostly Hispanic children being initiated (there were a couple of adults but they were more respectful), everyone goes back to the Baptismal font (big pool) even though Father told them not to. What really didn’t help was there were several small children that kept running up and down the aisle and nobody, I repeat nobody keeping an eye on them or keeping them in the pew. Even when Father was Confirming people there was a little boy who kept running up in front of those being Confirmed and around and in front of Father and the mother was up there and didn’t do a thing.
Then there were the parents that wouldn’t take their screaming kids out of the church. I had one behind me that screamed pretty much from the just after the Consecration until after Mass ended. And I mean right behind me. Plus the kids that kept running up and down the aisle screaming and yelling. Then there was the college students dressed like they were going to bed (I kid you not) and were texting, TEXTING and laughing while waiting to receive Communion. The was teenager two rows up from them who was doing the same thing and her mother didn’t care, actually seemed to encourage her. Plus, there were the multiple cell phones going off. Then there were the two women who really needed to put a shirt on. I don’t need to know what Victoria’s actual Secret is. One of them was even a sponsor.
The Liturgy of the Eucharist: Mostly done in Spanish which why I don’t know.
The music: slightly better than it could have been but still very little that seemed appropriate for Easter Vigil.
So I spent most of the the Vigil praying and crying and in pain and wonder why do people show up when they don’t believe and won’t be back. Most of the kids who were received into the Church won’t be back until they get married, if then.