OK, I’m really not trying to engage in “liturgy shaming,” but I do think that the video from the LA Religious Education Congress linked by Deacon Greg Kandra does raise some questions concerning proper liturgical praxis (that’s the term that people with PhDs use when they mean “practice”).
First off, however, let me stipulate that I have no problem with either the music or the gestures used. My questions, rather, are this:
- Does the length of the penitential rite unbalance the liturgy, making the opening too weighty, such that it overshadows the liturgy of the word?
- Should tropes of the penitential rite identify specific sins that we have perhaps committed, or should they be in praise of God’s past, current, and future acts of mercy?
- Should the invocations of penitential rite C be addressed to Christ, since the Kyrie/Christe response is addressed to him (the penitential rite in the video seems to treat the prayer as Trinitarian)?
In the interest of full disclosure I will state that my answers to my own questions are: yes, the latter, and yes. I thought that these things were quite clear to everyone these days. (Plus, why is the deacon standing around while the presider leads this? It is traditionally the role of the deacon to lead litanies.)