About 18 months ago, I began leaving Mass after the dismissal, just as the recessional begins. I know there’s nothing wrong with doing that. I do it to avoid the horribly loud din, the clapping, and all the back-slapping.
I especially do it to avoid the pressing lines to get OUT of the church. Even though my parish church has six vomitoriums and things move along OK, the great push to get out of the building is a real turn off.
My only concern is that more and more people seem to be following me out of the church. It’s almost as if I have legitimized leaving at that point to them so now they follow me. Don’t get me wrong – at least 1/3 leave right after communion which is a no-no, but if I stay in my seat, the people that follow me out (~30 and growing) seem to stay put.
Since I know it’s a legit time to leave, should I just ignore the followers and go about my day? It would be nice if they actually knew the rules for themselves, but that’s not going to happen.