CATHOLICS AND RESPONSES AT MASS
Beloved fellow Catholics, I have a gist for you🙂
I assisted a priest in a wedding Mass few years ago, when I was still a seminarian. During the Holy Mass, something that I have been assuming was simply confirmed.
You would not believe that the majority of those who attended the Mass could not respond correctly at the Mass; such that I had to be responding with a microphone from the sanctuary.
Now, the question is: if you were to be part of that congregation that were present for that Mass, would you have responded correctly and audibly?
Well, I have assumed before now that many Catholics cannot respond correctly at Mass but this experience just confirmed my assumption. I think some of the reasons, are:
- Many Catholics join their voices with those of the huge number that attend Mass to mumble over words that neither make meaning to them nor to God. They hide under the crowd. Are you sure you are not one of such Catholics?
- Many presume that they know the responses when in actual fact they do not know. Such people refuse to use the text for responses at Mass. Perhaps, they are shy. They prefer to live in ignorance; provided that nobody identifies them. Is that actually the best for you?
Dearest friends, if you think that you really know the responses at mass, when next you attend Mass, check what you respond and what is written in the text for responses at Mass. You may marvel at the great difference. Then you will discover how you have been neglecting that which is very central to our lives as Catholics – the Holy Mass.
Therefore, I tell you, if you do not begin to learn the responses at Mass, no matter how many years you have been a Catholic, you may find yourself in an embarrassing situation one day. That day, there may not be a crowd to hide under🤷🏾♂️🙂