Sunday, August 13, 2006

A View From The Confessional Line
Or is it the 'Reconciliation line? I forget

The parish where I attend Mass is many, many miles away (I go to Mass to worship God... not to be entertained. I'm funny that way).

But anyhow, yesterday I went to a local parish for Confession. I've posted in the past concerning this particular parish. Three things struck me like a ton of bricks...

1. They have "Jesus in the Sacred Broom Closet" to the back and to the left (how appropriate) of the church, instead of centered on the altar. There is a much oversized crucifix (to the point of gaudy) centered on the altar. Whenever any given parishioner walked in front of the picnic table... oops, I mean altar... they gave a curt little head bob to the crucifix. And oddly enough, if they walked by The Tabernacle in Exile... they just kept walking.

I couldn't help but think that these folks are bowing to an image made from lumber, but ignore Christ physically present. Interesting.

2. The so-called stained glass looks like something slapped together my Miss Frump's 2d Grade art class. You know -- various colored cardboard squares... lots of glue... not much thought put into it.

3. There were no more than a dozen folks at Confession. I'll bet my life on it that literally hundreds will receive Holy Communion on Sunday morning.

I've come to a simple conclusion - either many of these folks don't believe in sin, or they don't believe in The Real Presence.


Blogger Christine said...

I noticed the same thing at a church I went to in Raleigh.

People did a quick little bow in front of the altar, but the Tabernacle with the REAL PRESENCE was off to the side of the church, totally ignored.

I actually asked my mother 'Why are they bowing to the altar? He's over there!'

9:12 AM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Gee, at least they have a crucifix, not just a Protestant cross or a let's-all-feel-good picture/statue/banner of the resurrected Christ (you know, the Touchdown Jesus). But I'm sure the "Liturgical Committee" must have that on their agenda.

9:34 AM  
Blogger Chad said...

About the Confession line vs. the Communion line...

I have decided that the vast majority of folks must just not sin as much as I do. The Church is missing out on declaring a whole bunch of saints--most of my fellow parishioners, by the looks of it.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Gaufridus said...

Perhaps these people are simply ignorant. Perhaps they just need a little "guidance".

Perhaps we should help them?

6:27 PM  
Blogger A. Carlton Sallet said...

Your are wrong. It's the priests that don't believe....

1:14 PM  
Blogger Angry Orthodox said...

Sounds like my parent's church: Tabernacle in exile, Touchdown Jesus, no actual confession just sit and think about what you did, altar girls, and the doggone awful hippie music. On the other hand they have a perpetual adoration chapel. So it's ok to venerate the real presense in a chapel/broomcloset but not in the actual sanctuary. It's no wonder I was so fuhdup.

5:50 PM  

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