Maybe I'm being too critical, but in YOUR parish, do people start chatting with fellow parishioners as they are exiting the pews, instead of waiting until they reach the vestibule or outside???
In my parish, it is becoming more noisy all the time. As our Priest processes out and we finish up the rececessional hymn, the minute Father reaches the vestibule, all semblence of reverence seems to fly out the window!! It's a free-for-all to see who can find the most number of people to talk to :(
Is it old fashioned to wish for some quiet time in the sanctuary??
When I first started attending Mass 25 yrs ago, there was this aura of reverence and quiet from the minute you entered the front door and it continued until Mass was completely over and parishioners filed out in hushed tones until they reached the vestibule or even outside.
I prefer to kneel down before leaving the pew to pray for a few minutes, as a "wrap up" to my time with the Lord, but there's so much chatter going on it's hard to concentrate. Sadly I've developed a bad attitude about this and I find myself apologizing to God for my frustration over this very thing, when I'm kneeling after Mass :eek:
Am I wrong to wish for more reverence from my fellow parishioners and is there anything I can do to change this trend??
And if you think I'm being too critical, you can say so - maybe I'm being an old fuddy-duddy