Because most philosophies that frown on reproduction don't survive.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Fun with Introits

The 11:30 Mass at our parish this past Sunday was probably one of the only Masses in the country which used only the Introit to open the liturgy, and it was unintentional.

The introit was supposed to be chanted before the entrance hymn, but the celebrating priest was apparently not aware of that, and so he began processing up the aisle. Everyone stood, the introit with verse was just long enough to get him up to his chair, and after that, there wasn't any point in delaying things with a hymn, so the Mass proceeded. It was actually rather elegant, if you didn't know that it was unplanned.

1 comment:

Gavin said...

We had the opposite happen at my parish when both the pastor and myself were on vacation. At the early Mass (where the Introit is sung) the priest had no idea what was going on when the Introit began, so basically he didn't process and everyone stood around really confused. A bit of what happens when we have 40 years without use of the proper antiphons...