August 16, 2006

“Liturgical smoke-potters” . . . or “Liturgical pot-smokers”?

Here they are (with their lavender color-scheme) — ready to do their Tiptoe dance.

Okay, you dancers!

Wave your pots and tip your toes!

Wave your pots and tip your toes!

Remember to smile like real entertainers!

You want to encourage the congregation to sit back and just watch YOU.

It's high time that Catholics settle into PASSIVE participation in the liturgy.

Now, here is your Tiptoe soundtrack. Click on the image below to listen.

Tiptoe . . .
through the pot-smoke,
through the pot-smoke,
through the pot-smoke, pot-smoke!
Tiptoe . . .
through the pot-smoke
with me!


Blogger Dean said...

Haha! That's great. I prefer Tiny Tim to the pot smokers.

8:42 AM  
Blogger Jeffrey Smith said...

Oh, no. Not this time. I remember Tiny Tim. There's no way I'm going to click.

11:22 AM  
Anonymous Aimee said...

Fr. Stephanos, I worked as music director for several years in a parish. The church was contemporary in style, and the choir area was up front, to the left of the sanctuary.

I can't tell you how much I hated sitting in front of the congregation, and how much I yearned for a choir loft where all the musicians and singers could be invisible – or at least a screen to hide us.

I'd be sitting there playing and singing, trying to focus on God and pray to God, and could see, out of the corner of my eye, the heads of people in the congregation turning to watch me. It was distracting, made it feel like a performance, and made me very self-conscious (as opposed to God-conscious).

I also really dislike applause at the end of a mass. They didn’t applaud at my parish, but I hear applause in many other parishes. Again, it makes the mass seem like a performance, not a worship service.

One of the most beautiful experiences I’ve had in church was while sitting in the Cathedral in Mexico City, at the start of a prayer service, when the most beautiful and unearthly voice I’ve ever heard came from somewhere above. It sounded like an angel singing – and whoever it was, they were utterly invisible. That is my ideal.

PS: you visited my blog the other day, and left a comment. Thanks! I was delighted to see you there. God bless you!

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

Now, if that was actually pot smoke, rather than smoke from a pot, they might at least get more Rastafarrians in the pews!

3:02 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...


I know a parish where the choir is seated up front, to one side of the sanctuary; however, the choir's pew section is angled to somewhat face the center of the congregation. Furthermore, whenever the choirmembers stand to sing they turn in their places so that they are all facing the ALTAR when they sing.

3:46 PM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Jeffrey Smith! What you think of Tiny Tim is what I believe we both think of so-called "liturgical" dance.

3:47 PM  

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