Punk Catholic Thought of the Week
If one can participate fully in the Mass without singing, then can one who is singing also participate fully if his back is to the altar?
(Yes, I know it's a non sequitur, but I'd appreciate an answer anyway. Thanks!)
From where I sit at Mass, I have a decent view of whichever musical group has been assigned to sing. Though our church does have a choir loft, some of the more recent renovations have made it completely inaccessible to anyone without a long ladder. So all liturgical singers and musicians know to stay near the electric Yamaha organ (Miserere nobis!) at the front right of the sanctuary.
What I don't really care for is the way the singers gather around a central microphone, because when they form that circle, more than half of them have their backs to the altar. (When I was roped into singing with a "folk group" at my Wellington parish, I suffered through the same thoughtless logistics.) It just seems wrong to me.
I guess what I'm wondering is whether I am, once again, "on to something" here or not.