I’m so sick of my parish. Every week, there is some liturgical abuse or irreverence, and I am losing the ability to overlook these behaviors.
Today, right before the closing recessional hymn, the choir broke into a few bars of “Happy Birthday,” it was Father’s 75th birthday.
Afterwards, in the parish hall, before cutting his birthday cake, Father politely commented that it wasn’t appropriate–that it was a liturgical abuse–to sing happy birthday during Mass. Very slightly uncharacteristically (escpecially at church), I blurted out, “Thank you, Father!” I couldn’t believe it. He’s a very sweet old man, but I’ve never heard him correct anyone. It was kind of like the response one gets when the permissive parents finally correct their bratty kid.
The common thread to all these irreverences and abuses is that it seems to me that these people are worshipping themselves, not Jesus. It seems to me the only appropriate day to sing Happy Birthday at Mass is Christmas Day.