What would you do?
In the years I’ve been in this parish we have had 5 different priests. Each time a new priest comes in, he does not send the children for ‘children’s liturgy’. I suspect this is because these priests are from a different country where, perhaps, there is no such thing as children’s liturgy.
When this happens, the priest moves into the ‘lord have mercy’ prayer. Not sure the official term. When he’s done we’re supposed to sing the Kyrie BUT this one music team will instead inform the priest he’s forgotten children’s liturgy. In front of the parish. Interrupting the liturgy at a key moment. It is always so jarring and so embarrassing. So instead of singing the Kyrie we’re blessing the children and singing the happy clappy ‘sending off’ song they sing for the children.
I’ve witnessed this three times in the last 5 years. There are different music teams, the one that does the music more than the others is the problem and for whatever reason they have never been corrected (I say this because they’ve continued this behavior with subsequent priests who’ve come in). They seem to think it is their right and their duty to interrupt the priest and correct him… on the spot… in the middle of the liturgy.
Would you speak to the music team yourself to just suggest they not interrupt and in future leave it alone and speak to the priest AFTER Mass? Or would you leave it for the priests to correct (even though it seems they haven’t to this point)? Should I just be volunteering to be part of the parish council so I can more effectively make suggestions? I just don’t know. I feel called to do something but God hasn’t been too clear on WHAT yet. Haha.
BTW this is hypothetical as we JUST got a new priest and the music team interrupted him two weeks ago and I did nothing. This situation shouldn’t arrive again for another year or two.
PS: I am part of music ministry but not involved with this particular music team, thus my hesitance to speak to them. If it was my OWN team, I’d say something without hesitation.