Masked Mass

This past Sunday, I attended Mass in person for the first time since the pandemic shutdown. The Detroit Archdiocese had decided to open up a couple of weeks early. This was in defiance of our out-of-control Governor’s wishes. Can I get an Amen? I had been attending Mass online since the Coronavirus outbreak. I have to say, it was nice to be back, but things are definitely not the same.

The first thing I noticed, there was no Holy water. Not a big deal I guess, since there isn’t any during Lent either. Next, I saw boxes for the church offering in the lobby. My parish passes around the offering basket. Unlike most Catholic Churches, which still use the basket on a stick approach. Then came the crime scene tape. I had noticed this while watching Mass on YouTube, but it’s a little creepy to see the aisles blocked off with yellow strips of plastic in person. Especially in this day and age.

Of course, the Sign of Peace (shaking hands) was out of the question. We all just kind of waved at each other. Holy Communion was interesting as well. There was no wine, of course. You accepted the Host at arm’s length, pulled down your mask, then popped the wafer into your mouth. You wouldn’t think this procedure would be very difficult, but it was for me. I wear a cloth mask, which is comfortable enough for a quick trip to Kroger. However, about halfway through the service, I began to feel like I was being suffocated.

Another thing I noticed was that all of the hymnals and Order of the Mass cards were missing. This led to folks reciting prayers from memory and some truly awful singing. All in all though, it was good to be back at church. However, I’m certainly looking forward to the day when we can all worship the way we used to before this pandemic. If you are religious, hopefully, you will find a way to get back into your worship routine as well. Can I get an Amen?

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