We had a nice procession with the palms and singing. But apparently because he had written a long homily, Father had us do the “short form” of the Passion! :eek: It was a confusion of figuring out what was going on, what page in the missalette, and by the time that was sorted out, it was like coming into a movie in the middle.
There have been other long Gospels recently where we’ve had the “short form in brackets” and I’ve wished for the entire reading to be read.
But I feel like I “missed” the Passion reading experience in a way this year. There’s another thread on here where people are griping about pronunciations - well, to those posters I say, if you at least got to read and experience the entire Passion, be grateful! :tsktsk: I write, and there’s a reason why stories have beginnings, middles, and ends. The beginning allows the reader to settle in and get acclimated to the setting. The middle develops the heart of the narrative, and brings it toward the climax of the ending.
When we read the Passion on Palm Sunday or Good Friday, it’s the only time we laypeople get to be that involved in the proclamation of the Gospel - even if we are reliving our part as the sinners who crucified Our Lord, which we indeed are, throughout time. That’s the point of it. But if we are distracted and haven’t settled in and felt ourselves part of the story, it doesn’t have the same impact.
Mind you, I’m not normally one to complain about things like this, and I know the Mass is valid if we don’t feel a single emotion or have a contemplation or mental image at all. And I don’t mean to diss Father, either. It’s just that, well, I’ve been in a spiritual slump and I was hoping the reading of the Passion in the context of Palm Sunday Mass might help pull me out of said slump. I can still read it in my Bible, I know. But isn’t that why we’re Catholics - to do more than study our Bibles privately at home - to incorporate in community, liturgy, and sacramentality what happened and why it’s important to us today? :shrug: