Posted by Tuars on December 10, 2003 at 20:02:28:
I remember when I first went to Mass in the Parish church in Castlebar that for the time between the offertery and the 'Holy, Holy' everyone used to stand. The 'May the Lord accept the sacrifice...' was the prompt that got everyone up off their backsides.
In later years a bit of ambiguity set in and sometimes people stood and sometimes people remained seated until the 'Holy, Holy' when they would wake up and either kneel or stand depending on their state of awareness.
I remember when the moment of truth would come at the 'May the Lord accept the sacrifice...' and I wondered if I should stand up or not. Sometimes I was caught rotten with five or six other lonely souls who stood up while all around them sat. It took a lot of courage to remain standing and most slowly slunk down to the sitting position hoping no one would notice. At other times everyone stood up and refrained with gusto.
I guess it depended on the locals to blow-in ratio.
So I wonder what's the story these days? Stand up or remain seated?
(Incidentally the stand-up part seems optional and varies by region. In some parts of the country they go straight to the kneeling instead of standing).