When I visit my family in Pennsylvania, I usually end up attending mass at the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg, PA. About a year ago they started a renovation process; in this case for the better. It’s always been a beautiful cathedral, but I felt like the walls and ceiling were whitewashed with simplicity; like there were things missing. The most notable difference thus far is the new paintings and still under construction is the high altar. Here’s some photos I shot today. The last two I shot at my son’s request (don’t blame me). Can you guess what the last one is?
My 3 year-old was something less than well behaved today, so we spent most of mass in the back. I was saddened to see a large number of people leaving right after receiving communion. Many of these people also stayed and chatted rather loudly in the vestibule while communion was still being distributed. Since the doors between the vestibule and the church proper are under construction, I’m sure much of this commotion could be heard all the way up at the altar. It was pretty much a circus in the back while many were still in line to receive. Then I looked up and the priest was walking with the Blessed Sacrament through this raucous crowd in order to get to some of the immobile people in the back who couldn’t make it to the front of the church. No one even bothered to quiet down or show reverence as the priests meandered through this crowd. It was so sudden, I didn’t know what to do. I think in hind sight if I am ever in such a situation again I would politely, but loudly say “Make way for our Lord who is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.” What do you think? Anyone ever witness something like this before or have any ideas what to do? Other than that crowd, the mass was very nicely celebrated.