The post I originally tried to write today ended up too whiny and pretentious even for me, so instead you get a few pictures of what I did instead of watching conference. They actually turned out much better than I expected.
I went to Ünnepi Szentmise (high mass) at Szent István Bazilika. It was quite interesting despite the fact that I understood about 3 words: Jesus Christ, Peter and “he said”. I’d only been to mass once, and never to a holiday mass. It was a valuable experience for me and I think everyone should go, at least if you are from a western christian background. It wasn’t all beer and skittles though. For one thing there was no place for me to sit (since I was a tourist) and you wouldn’t believe what standing for an hour and a half does to a man my age.
In some ways I think I learned more by going to mass then I would have watching conference simply because it was so different. Here are a few things that the Mormon church could learn from Catholics with regards to Easter worship (in no particular order).
- Have a special program. It should be a big deal. General Conference doesn’t count considering it has nothing to do with Easter.
- More symbolic ritualistic clothing. A dark suit and tie is rather boring.
- Handel’s Messiah. I felt a real sense of majesty and of Christ as Conqueror something I had never really contemplated before—this also had to do with the church itself.
- Better decorations in case you get bored and have to stare at the ceiling fans.
- Incense. The symbolism is rich and beautiful.
- Call and Response-especially Gregorian style. It sounds neat and gets people involved. This one could be for more than just Easter.
- One hour. Especially in today’s short attention span society 10 hours is just two much. Particularly for those who only come once a year. :)