[quote="ChrisCA, post:9, topic:291532"]
So it would be okay if I stood up then? I didn't think it would make the prayer invalid or anything, but I didn't know if I should just follow the crowd on this one... :shrug:
Ask the pastor. :cool:
I've got a similar situation going on, except here no one stands until after the Prayer over the Gifts and before the Preface Dialogue ("The Lord be with you" "And also with you" "Lift up your hearts" etc.), which I'm fairly certain shouldn't be happening. We have seven priests; besides the pastor, they all allow this. Since his arrival in late 2010, the pastor (Fr. B) has tried to train people to stand after the Orate fratres ("Pray, my brothers and sisters...") and before "May the Lord accept the sacrifice..." but old habits die hard, I guess. When Fr. B celebrates Mass, I and about four other people stand at that point. Almost everyone else follows sometime during or after the people's response, and some remain seated until after the Prayer over the Gifts regardless.
When any other priest is the celebrant I follow the crowd, but I will probably clarify if it's okay to stand after the Orate fratres no matter who celebrates and even if no one else rises. I haven't asked Fr. B about this yet because (1) I don't know if he's aware the other priests tolerate the previous practice and I don't want to get anyone in trouble, and (2) he's on vacation right now and won't be back until early August.
In case it makes a difference: for those who don't already know it, I'm in France but I'm an expat so I'm not fully versed in the norms for the Mass here. We don't have missalettes so I have no reference from that standpoint. My missal does not give instructions as to when to stand, sit or kneel. I don't yet have a copy of the PGMR (French GIRM) published by the French bishops' conference (CEF). As far as I can tell it's not available online, or they've made it really hard to find. The text of the PGMR on the Vatican Web site does not include any Holy See-approved adaptations the CEF might have made. :whacky: