Flash Mob at Ash Wednesday Mass

And now for something completely different…

A flash mob broke out at a Sioux Falls South Dakota Mass on Ash Wednesday.

(Honestly, I didn’t even know what a flash mob was.)

H/T The Deacon’s Bench

9 comments

  1. You didn’t know what a flash mob is? But it’s right there in GIRM number… oh, wait, it’s not.

    Say the black, do the red. Read Redemptionis Sacramentum, Sacrosanctum Concilium, or indeed any promulgated liturgical literature over the past 50 years.

    Surely we can at least do that.

  2. While it’s nice to see the kids involved in a liturgy, this is far from what would be considered a “flash mob”. It appears to be a staged “liturgical gesture” reminiscent of productions we did at my parish in the early 1980’s. But if it somehow helped the kids to understand Ash Wednesday a little better… I agree though, it would be nice to see them singing rather than listening to a recording. Now that might have been powerful and sent a message.

  3. I have been the pastor of parishes with schools for many years. The teachers always mean well, but they seem to think that the more students moving around adds up to more active participation in the Mass. My efforts at catechesis did help curb the excesses, but always seemed to fall short. The priest and the deacon in the background look like they are doing their best to endure it. I don’t fault the kids at all, you gotta hand it to them for enthusiasm.

    1. It might be that the teachers simply recognize that all those children together _will_ fidget, so they might as well choreograph the fidgeting and make it look official. Takes a great deal of supervisory burden off of them, too.

  4. I really appreciate the gesture, although I wouldn’t classify it as a flash mob–unexpected liturgical pseudo-dance, perhaps (unexpected on the behalf of the pew-sitting parishioners). I would also question the reporter’s choice of words at the end. Is Ash Wednesday really one of the holiest days of the year? I suppose that it is holier than regular days in the year, but I could think of many more holy days off the top of my head.

  5. Is Ash Wednesday really one of the holiest days of the year? I suppose that it is holier than regular days in the year, but I could think of many more holy days off the top of my head.

    Depends on how you define “Holy Day”. Ash Wednesday is fairly unique in not being a feast, but a feria, while still being celebrated with great solemnity.

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