At PrayTell, they are discussing an introduction to the Mass of the day.
I’m not a fan of the practice. But as an alternative, what do you make of an introduction back into the world for worshipers? After the Mass announcements and before the final blessing, the associate pastor at my parish will offer a few sentences. Most often, he mentions something to do or to watch or to pray in the coming week.
I have to admit such a thing might not work as well after the homily. But if we were more organized in our parish message, it could be published.
What do you think? Turn off the priest’s mic until the final blessing? Or let him say a last optional word before people scoot for the parking lot?