Although I do like my parish, I am starting to get tired of the liturgical abuse, specifically holding hands/lifting hands during the “Our Father.” I am wondering why our priests do not enforce against this; maybe it takes people to complain and therefore I have to make a complaint myself? Though to who directly, I can’t begin to know. And to how I would bring up the issue, I don’t have a clue. I myself never have or do not practice holding/lifting the hands during the “Our Father.” I am wondering where this practice surfaced from; when I was in church a decade ago, this practice was not commonplace. Now in the past few years, people have started doing it.
I know I’m at Mass for the Eucharist and should not pay attention to what other people sitting in the pews around me are doing, but it’s hard not to notice when you’re one of the few people (me) who isn’t holding or lifting your hands in the air. I suppose I’ll have to somehow bring up this issue with the priest? But how?
Another problem with my parish that I’ve been noticing is all the constant chatter of people in the pews around me when I’m kneeling before the Mass starts. I would think if people would like to have loud conversations, they could go out in the narthex to talk. Many people have been treating pre-Mass as if it’s a social club, and it’s being rude to those who want some quiet prayer.
That’s really it, I guess. I really wish I could find the courage to attend Latin Mass, but I don’t feel like driving more than half an hour to the nearest parish that offers Latin Mass. Plus I’m afraid of the fact I don’t know what dress code is appropriate and there may be some discrimination against someone like me who wears conservative, business casual shirts/pants to work instead of dresses. I really wish that my parish offered Latin Mass because I wouldn’t need to drive a long distance (my parish is less than 5 minutes away from where I live).
I guess I either have to find another parish that offers Latin Mass, or try to stop the liturgical abuse in the Ordinary Form at my current parish. Or just deal with it.