Saturday, August 13, 2011
Technology and the Mass of the Future
One technology that can be utilized is wireless internet. At least at St. Mary's (my local parish), there are some great devotional books that can be borrowed for your Holy Hour for Exposition (Adoration). But there are always those times when you want to find a particular prayer, or maybe a certain saint, but you just don't have the resources to do so. Smart-phonesand Ipod Touches, which can link to the internet, can be great ways to do so. There are Breviaries, Prayers, devotional music, and so much more than can be found on the internet to utilize during Exposition. Wireless internet would allow people, such as those that have Ipod Touches, to access those devotional tools.
From this, it logically follows that you should bring your smart-phone or Ipod Touch to Church. There are so many amazing things you can do with it before and after Mass (even during Mass, though this might cause a little too much scandal), and during Holy Hour. Are people going to give you an odd look? Yeah, probably. But remember you aren't using it to call people! If you're going to listen to devotional music, though, please bring headphones! And please, PLEASE, turn it on silent.
Ipads could also be utilized, especially by a priest. Now, the only things that can be on the altar are things necessary for Mass. However an Ipad, with the prayers for the day, could be set up before hand, allowing for the priest to not have to flip through pages trying to find those prayers. Instead, they can be preset into the Ipad where the priest, with a flip of his finger, can turn the page.
I think that having the Missal on the altar should be retained, however. This might sound odd, but there are a lot of items that are used at Mass that aren't necessary because of new technology. Candles aren't needed because of light bulbs and electricity, but the tradition has nevertheless been continued. Having a Missal book on the altar that isn't used is no more odd than retaining candles even though there's electricity.
A final idea is having Ipads in the pews. These could be preset with the hymns and prayers for the day. Furthermore, they could be preset to only go to particular Catholic websites (like Catholic Answers!), for those that don't have smart-phones or Ipods. No worry about going to inappropriate websites, because the Ipads could be set to only go to certain websites. These Ipads obviously wouldn't be from Apple, but would probably be mass (no pun intended) produced, and very basic. Money would eventually be offset by the money saved from buying pew missals.
Now, there are always problems that can arise, and no innovation or change is perfect. But thinking about those things brings down the mood. So don't concentrate on the problems as much as the ideas.
So please leave a comment in the ComBox, because I want to know your ideas!