Chrism Mass 2009 was marred by the flamboyant and bouncing Thomas Warfield. (See here)
Chrism Mass 2010 was marred by the slightly-less-flamboyant Julian Bell. (See here)
So what about the Diocese of Rochester Chrism Mass 2011? Evidently, the Diocese has decided to move away from homosexual African American men, and utilize modestly dressed young ladies. This is, of course, a wonderful improvement, as far as liturgical dance is concerned. However, the degree of improvement would be even more tremendous if the liturgical and musical coordinators at Sacred Heart realized that liturgical dance in such a setting is inapropriate, as per Cardinal Arinze and the documents of Vatican II. In his words, “dance is not a part of the Latin Rite liturgy.”
Of course, the Diocese finds ways to get around the rules. How pathetic is that, that the people in charge of a Diocese and its liturgy act like children disobeying a parent and getting away with it because, “mommy said ‘don’t dance during church’ . . . not before it!” The dance will occur, like last year, before Mass, in order to “prepare the worship space.” You know what would prepare the worship space better than twirling young women? Putting Our Lord back on His throne, centered prominently for everyone in the cathedral to see, and not just those people graced with seats within view of that side chapel wherein Our Lord is “prominently enthroned” to the side of the sanctuary and in the shadow of the organ.