My humble advice as a person in the pew is K.I.S.S.----just Keep It Simple Stupid (I stole that---I didn't make it up) Yesterday was the first time in advent that I was some place that had said the new confetior (that prayer that starts off with "I confess, to all mighty God, and to you my brothers and sisters) and the first time that I had said the new Nicene Creed in all of it's consubstantial beauty. But it just flowed easily. Although, I was three for five in the "And with your spirit" scoring.
The music was simple and easy to sing. The Holy Holy Holy and the Lamb of God was in Latin so I was comfortable with it. There weren't all sorts of Christmas decorations up. There are a lot of statues but they help you focus on God. Even though I was not at my own parish nothing was out of the ordinary. Even. though I had to beat my children like twenty times (they were being well behaved) I was able to focus. Heck, even my son was singing along to the music. He did have some choice words and gave me a weird look when the priest said in his homily that Mary was the Mother of God as well as our spiritual mother. I guess we get to have to have a little theological disussion. But that's okay. He heard something in the homily that we can talk about.
|taken from wdtprs.com|
The second piece of advice is "Say the Black, Do the Red." In the Roman Missal, everything that the priest is supposed to say is in black. Everything the priest is supposed to do is in red. If you do everything the way it is supposed to be and don't feel like you have to add anything then you won't get in the way. True, the focus won't be on you, but you will look like a genius.
Just simple advice---do what you are supposed to do and keep the mass focused on Jesus. Not that anyone is going to listen to me. After all---you know the old joke. Do you know what the difference between a liturgist and a terrorist is?? You can negotiate with a terrorist.