October 26, 2003

How Was Church?

My wife and wife's family are evangelical Christians who have a habit of asking a question that was never asked in my parental household after Mass: "how was church?"

It was never asked growing up in my Catholic home presumably because the Mass is much more unvarying than Protestant services. Unvaryingly good and unvaryingly bad.

Unvaryingly good because in receiving the Body of Christ there is no such thing as an "unsuccessful Mass". The Book of Revelation's revelation that Mass is heaven on earth means that "how was church?" is like asking "how was heaven?"

But unvaryingly bad given the liturgical sufferings, stylistically, we endure with the Novus Ordo.

But the question could mean "how attentive and prayerful were you in church?". Now that varies.

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