Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Optional parts of mass

Here is a list of things that are apparently optional or routinely left out of the mass at the two parishes I go to in Oakland:

1) Kneeling
2) The gospel proclamation
3) candles at the altar
4) The Sanctus
5) the washing of the priest's hands before consecration
6) the mixing of water with the wine
7) the use of unleavened (as opposed to leavened) bread
8) apparently if you don't like a reading or feel it is out-of-date by today's standards you can leave it out or replace it with on you like better

Squach help me here! I have to pick my battles. Which are the gravest offenses or which are genuinely optional?

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