I just wanted to share how moving Mass was this morning, and thought other people might like to share positive Mass experiences.
By any rational account, Mass this morning was a mishmash and should have been distracting. We had the folk group on their guitars, we had a visiting priest who started out very nervously, it was hot, we sang the hymns and not the parts of the Mass or the psalm or the sequence or even the Alleluia (and we nearly always manage to chant the Alleluia in my parish at every Mass). We sang ‘Shine Jesus Shine’ and managed to refrain from clapping. When the priest got to the Eucharistic prayers, he started chanting it and we all gladly responded, and then he got carried away and tried to lead us in the Sanctus in Latin, which we tried very hard to keep up with but it wasn’t the Missa de Angelis version which is the only one most of us know.
We had the children process out for the children’s liturgy, and process back in with the offertory to show us all the birthday cards they made for the Church.
And yet, at the heart of that Mass, at the consecration, and at the receiving of Eucharist, and after receiving when we sang “One bread, one body”, I was fighting back tears and just overwhelmed. And when I looked up at the priest, when it was finished, he seemed to be having the same reaction, and pulled himself together with difficulty so he could lead the final prayers.
And then, miraculously, when we sang “Walk in the Light”, the congregation spontaneously moved into parts and freely sang various harmonies through the different verses and choruses. I mean, when does that ever happen? I know that when I was at the parish school, many years ago, this was a favourite hymn that we sang maybe one harmony to, so maybe it’s just a legacy of that. But we all looked a bit dazed when it was over.
Walk in the light of the Lord!
What positive Mass experiences have you had recently?