As I have been reading various threads over the past week, I’ve discovered that I’m much less knowledgeable than I had thought (and I never thought I knew much!). I converted at Easter Vigil 2004, but I did so in a parish that is, well, liberal to say the least. There were many things done there that I know to be wrong, but I don’t know why they are wrong. I’m going to type a brief (hopefully) list of liturical issues; if others could let me know why they are illicit and/or invalid, I would appreciate it. (BTW, I’m fairly sure that our new parish is much more “with” the Church, praise God.)
Liturgical dancers? (we had them 10-12 times a year)
Lack of kneeling? (we had no kneelers, though I did occasionally see a parishioner kneeling in the aisle.)
Host? (what is ok? what isn’t?)
Music? (again, what is ok?)
Tabernalce outside of the worship space? (it was in the chapel)
Someone other than priest/deacon doing homily?
Sign of peace (I get the sense from others that it should be limited in some way?)
Lack of holy water (I don’t recall this at my old parish, but it happened this weekend when I was out of town – I was quite confused)?
There are likely other things I’m not thinking of at the moment, but . . . I’ll add them as needed. Thank you . . . I hope to educate myself a bit so I am better armed against these abuses.