I was an altar girl in my youth during the 70's. Not because my parish was progressive, but because I attended Camp Marydell, an all-girl summer camp in the town of Nyack, NY. We had no boys to serve and so we girls took on the job . . . and did a fine job, too. Even during our weekly Sunday Benediction service.
I have been reading with great sadness the story reported about Fr. Martin Tran at St. Mary's-by-the-Sea in Huntington Beach. While I am comfortable with certain changes in the Church - say, those that allow my daughter to be an altar server and myself to act as a lector - others make me uneasy, such as admonishing those Catholics who would kneel after the Agnus Dei. I would like to see more traditions of pre-VII days come back, if only to remind us of the sacred.
I don't like Bishop Tod Brown of the Diocese of Orange and I would welcome his removal and replacement by a more orthodox bishop. I admit to meeting him once, and on that occasion he comported as a petty and vain man. But Fr. Martin was with us for awhile at St. Joseph's in Santa Ana, and the image portrayed in the article is simply out of whack with the man I know.
This story has discouraged me, indeed. I follow the new standard of remaining standing after the Agnus Dei, but once I receive Communion, I remain kneeling until the last of the consecrated Hosts have been placed in the Tabernacle. As do the rest of my parish, at least at the English Masses. I wonder if the same is done at the Spanish Masses since the Hispanic in my parish have really got us Anglos beat for devotion. We have Eucharistic Adoration once a month and I have yet to go - despite trying different times of day and night - and not find a Spanish prayer group keeping vigil with Him.
I now wonder if I should report on this blog at all about what we do in my parish, since it may not fall within Bishop Brown's "norms." Is Big Brother watching?