Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Power of Smells and Bells

The Power of Smells and Bells: Can Liturgy Evangelize?, by Joanna Bogle

Short answer, yes, but,
"I know of converts whose first experiences of a Catholic Mass were of a very trite, ordinary parish Sunday gathering with indifferent music and silly hymns. But they were hugely impressed by things that had not particularly struck me: people saying the Creed aloud together, teenagers in denim jeans, the mix of ages and races and social backgrounds, the sheer numbers attending."
On the other other hand, empty seats and aging demographics in a big suburban parish can be demoralizing.

(via Adoremus Bulletin)

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