Could you describe in more detail what’s going on here? What are his exact words and at which point in the Mass does it occur. Does he invite people actually to impose their hands?
I can’t remember exactly what he said but I’m pretty sure “lay your hands” was a part of what he said. I may have to wait and see what he says at the next mass in the event I misunderstood.
What he does is walk down the aisle, hold one of the parishoner’s hands, and has the congregation lift up their hands towards him.
Too often we as lay people either get mad and complain or get mad and leave. Sometimes we even get mad and then get mean but we should really respect this man as a priest (which he is, no more than the most conservative priest) and work towards making your parish the best for the greater glory of God.
See, I agree with this. I don’t want to just jump to conclusions and get worked up about something that may not be a serious issue or can be fixed. However, it was very distracting for me.
Is this man a newly ordained priest as well as being new to your parish? If so, he hopefully is not settled in his ways and will be open to suggestion.
Coming out before Mass is not really a problem. Our priests will sometimes come out to speak to the organist/musicians and may greet or chat briefly with a few parishoners. they aren’t chatting with the whole crowd though–like they are warming up a room for the next act!..
He said he has been a priest for 17 years.
He does seem like a very nervous guy and perhaps he is looking for a reaction. And I wouldn’t doubt it if he came from a protestant church. I paid close attention to his homily and so far everything seems to be perfectly in line with Catholic teachings.
He does leave the sanctuary though while giving the homily:shrug:. I don’t know, I am more comfortable listening to someone as they stand in one spot than if they are moving around. I figure though, that perhaps I will attend a couple more masses and make note of everything that seems odd to me and then I will speak with my pastor.
The “meet and greet” idea, while not an abuse, per se, is, it seems to me, starting things off on the wrong foot. The Mass is not a social gathering. What happens before the Mass should set the tone for what is about to occur. We need to realize that at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, heaven and earth unite and the veil between time and space is lifted. We are entering God’s time and are about to partake of something out of the ordinary.
Now, regarding the celebrant asking the people to “bless him” before he preaches, this is an ilicit practice. Please note what Ecclesia de Mysterio says:
I totally agree with what you said (especially the bolded part). I come to Mass with a readiness to be as reverent as possible. It’s hard enough when the musicians are blasting music with drums and guitars. It’s even harder when the celebrant is making the Holy Mass out to be a flashy feel-good party. I’m exaggerating a little but I hope you understand what I’m getting at.
I also had a feeling that the whole blessing part was off. It did throw me off quite a bit