A recent article at Huffington Post titled “What does Worship Look like from a Priest’s Point of View?” has a series of pictures taken from the perspective of the priest at Mass. I thought the article was interesting and it caused me to reflect on the priest’s experience at Mass.
Often times I think we forget that the priest is a member of the community and a participant in our liturgical celebrations. We forget to take into account the feelings, emotions, and perspective of the priest. While scrolling through these pictures, I felt a mixture of emotions. In some of the pictures the assembly looks quite vibrant and alive. In other photos the assembly looks tired and lifeless. It made me wonder what my parish priest sees when he looks out into the assembly. What image are we giving our priest?
I recommend glancing through the images, and I am curious to hear your thoughts and feelings on “the priest’s perspective.” I am left wondering, how can my community be more hospitable to our priests, and how can we narrow the gap between the celebrant and the assembly?