I've read and experienced a great deal with regard to the different Catholic sacrificial liturgies. I am well aware of the many perfectly acceptable (officially per the Church) variations/options when it comes to celebrating the Mass. But I have to ask:
What happened to common courtesy?
When I attend Mass I am appalled at the talking before, during and after Mass inside of the church. I am appalled at the crude behavior of those who set-up for Mass. They seem to treat the sanctuary as their stage. I am often appalled at the "get it done" behavior of the celebrant. The list on goes on and on.
The reason I ask is that I was out of two last weekend. I went to the Saturday night Mass at a local parish and it was DEVOID of all this garbage. I was rather stunned in a positive way. I went back the next morning and it was the same celebrant, the pastor and the same reverence.
After Mass I thanked him and said that he should be very proud of his "crew." I said I wasn't used to that sort of sublime behavior in church anymore. He said (and I quote) "it takes great respect for God and common courtesy...and some courage once in a while." I agreed, we shared a knowing nod and I was on my way.
I have searched at the local 11 parishes for this sort of common courtesy. Why is it so scarce now when it used to be found in just about every Catholic parish?
The his not about the OF vs. EF Mass, this is not about contemporary vs. traditional music, this is not about EMsHC or female altar servers, this is about common courtesy and the respect for God that comes with it. Where did it go?