Via Fr. Longenecker.
This article from the Daily Telegraph says priests in the Diocese of Leeds in England have been advised to stop saying ‘Good Morning’ to their congregations at the beginning of Mass.
We have to get rid of the Tonight Show approach to liturgy. Guy comes on stage, “Howya’all doing? Anybody heard any good jokes this week? The Lord be with you…” I knew one priest who would discuss the baseball games of the weekend, give out the birthdays in the parish that week, sprinkle in a few jokes, then introduce the penitential rite with something like, “I know we’ve all done things this week that we thought better of afterwards, let’s tell God about it.” He would also make personal comments while distributing communion, “The Body of Christ, hey Mike, I like your new mustache. The Body of Christ, great new Lexus you’ve got in the parking lot Sally”
Totally agree. It cheapens the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass by making it like a skit or other piece of entertainment that needs an intro. “Live from Sunday morning it’s Jesus Live!” A false act of community when the Mass is already a corporate act of worship of God.
The celebration of Mass is a corporate act, an act of the whole assembly gathered for worship. All the particular ministries serve this corporate function (GIRM, no. 27). In the Mass, the Church is joined to the action of Christ, the high point both of the action by which God sanctifies the world in Christ and of the worship that the human race offers to the Father, adoring him through Christ, the Son of God, in the Holy Spirit (no. 16). We are joined to this divine action through baptism, which incorporates us into the risen Christ. This action, which lies at the center of the whole Christian life (no. 16) is not initiated by us but by God acting in and through the Church as the body of the risen Christ. It becomes our action only to the extent that we give ourselves to this mystery of redemptive worship. The liturgy is designed to bring about in all those who make up the worshiping assembly a participation of the faithful both in body and mind, a participation burning with faithful, hope, and charity (no. 18). To the extent that we are able to participate in this way, the work of redemption becomes personally effective for each of us. By such participation, the General Instruction says, we make the actions and prayers of the liturgy our own; we enter more fully into our personal communion with Christ’s redeeming act and perfect worship (see no. 54, 55, etc.).
What we need to be is catechized about the reality of the Mass.