Novus Ordo Football Team
And it came to pass yours truly managed to count 17 people in the sactuary at the same time, though there was no choir.
An army of extraordinary whatever, altar Boys 'n Girl, and of course the priest were all there as if the football team needed a photo before the match. I could not avoid thinking that it was done to encourage attendance, as probably the half of those present had some ties of family or friendship with at least one member of Novus Ordo Football Team.
Any concept of sacredness was, of course, gone even before the laymen invasion, as the sanctuary had no chancel. Nor would there be any other signs marking the sacredness of the space, a rather small altar adding to the sense of atrophying Christianity.m
I could not avoid thinking that this was a visual effect of what is happening in the Church right now: Man makes himself big and bold and goes centre-stage, Christianity literally shrinks. The altars shrinks, the stoops shrink, the crucifixes on the altar shrink, the tabernacles shrink, the bell towers shrink or disappear, the pulpits disappear altogether. But in this particular church 17 people of both sexes (OK, only 15 superfluous) crowd the sanctuary, and seem not to see the link between Novus Ordo Football Team and a Christianity that, in their own Country, is shrinking, eroded and almost eaten alive by their own stupidity.
They do not want to get the very clear message. Because they like seeing people in the sanctuary.