I’m a recent revert (been away from the Church about 10 years), and I went to the Passion service at Catholic church close to where I work (not my regular parish). Now, it’s been a while since I’ve been in a church for the Good Friday Passion reading, but a couple of things struck me as odd:
Instead of the reading being done with the priest reading the part of Christ, a lay person reading for the Narrator and the congregation reading for the crowds, the Passion gospel was split up and read in sections by lay people, with the priest reading the last segment. In between sections, the choir chanted a short refrain. Is this common? I’ve never seen it done this way before.
We were instructed to sit for the entire Gospel reading. When we got to the part where Jesus dies, no one—and I mean no one—knelt. The priest just asked us to bow our heads and reflect before he continued on with the reading. :eek:
Both of these things just seemed strange to me, but again, I’ve been away from the church for a while. Is this common?