My fiance and I went down to Riverside County to spend Christmas with my dad. Although she is not Catholic (her late father was a Pentecostal Minister) she has attended Mass with us on numerous occasions. It has been interesting to to hear her observations, coming as they do from a "neophyte."
I live in the City of Fresno, in the Fresno Diocese under Bishop John Steinbock (pic above). My dad lives in Riverside County, in the Diocese of San Bernardino under Bishop Gerald Barnes (pic below).
My Fiance has quipped that the missalette is her best friend, being unfamiliar with the "Catholic Calisthenics" of the stand, sit or kneel of the Mass.
Recently she noticed that while in Fresno we kneel after the Agnus Dei,
in San Bernardino Diocese worshipers do not kneel, but stand.
In particular she pointed out to me a "footnote" in the missalette used in the San Bernardino Diocese that states, and here I paraphrase "Local Ordinaries may allow worshipers to stand after the Lamb of God, GIRM ###." I had never noticed the footnote, and perhaps its not surprising that she did as she is an attorney.
After mass, as we walked to our car, and over dinner later, we talked about the footnote and in frankness I became more and more irritated.
The missal in question was published by Oregon Catholic Press. I think it would be revealing for the average mass goer if they would start publishing more than the sections of the GIRM (General instructions Roman Missal) that "help" the neo-modernists attack the Mass.
Now I've heard the line about how "we're the people of the Resurrection" and its not necessary to "engage in antiquated postures" blah blah blah. I heard it in seminary twenty years ago, and I've heard it from parish priests trying to tow the party line today. It's all bunk.
When Satan tempted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ what did he say?
Again the devil took Him up into a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. And said to him: All these will I give Thee, if falling down Thou wilt adore me. Douay-Rheims - Matthew 4:8-9 (my underline added)
"Iterum assumit eum Diabolus in montem excelsum valde et ostendit ei omnia regna mundi et gloriam eorum et dicit illi: "Haec tibi omnia dabo, si cadens adoraveris me"." Vulgate - Matthew 4:8-9
If the posture of prayer is important to both the prince of darkness and the Prince of Peace, shouldn't it also be for we mere mortals?