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Interrupting prayers

Aug 17th new
Say you get to church for mass with enough time to say a rosary. While you're kneeling in the pew, deep in prayer, someone taps you on the shoulder and wants you to move over or let them in.

What's the right thing to do- keep praying, give that person a dirty look or stop to let them in?

Just curious. boggled

Aug 17th new

Being interrupted as you describe brings to mind Christ's question to the Pharisees: If your ox or ass fell into a ditch on the Sabbath, would you not get him out?

If our brother needs a place to sit so that he, too, can worship God, can we not delay our own worship a moment? That way there will be two of us praying! biggrin

Courtesy is charity that's been codified.

Aug 17th new
Must I resist the urge to trip 'em?
Aug 17th new

Most pews have two entrances because of fire department regulations (or for ease of communion processions or whatever). Jerk your thumb in the direction of the other entrance while submerged in prayer. But, before you do so, quickly open one eye to check whether the interrupter is blind or lame or suffering from Parkinson's or is accompanying someone who is. (Do not turn your face towards the disturbance. Just let your eyeball swivel left or right and up.) If he is, let him in because as the wheel turns, you, me, anyone can become blind, lame, suffer from Parkinson's ... or accompany one who is. If he isn't, apparently the one-eye sideways-swivel-and-up cold, glacial stare is even more discomfiting for the intruding interloper than a full face-on two-eye cold, glacial stare.


Authorities may differ on this matter but a woman who is massively pregnant should be able to circle around to the other entrance unless the pews behind and in front of you are already taken. Women who are massively, massively pregnant should be treated especially kindly as their multiple infants will be the taxpayers in due course who will keep your Social Security payments coming. Let them in with a welcoming (if slightly forced) smile. Remember, an annoyed grin is not a smile. A smile is when your lips pull back to reveal teeth. Just be careful because a forced smile over an undercurrent of annoyance may look like a snarl. There's really no advice possible on how to manufacture a spontaneous smile of welcoming goodwill except to ... well, just do it.

Aug 17th new
(quote) Roystan-340472 said:

..... Women who are massively, massively pregnant should be treated especially kindly as their multiple infants will be the taxpayers in due course who will keep your Social Security payments coming.

Also, because if you DON'T let her into the pew, she's liable to sit/fall on you.

Aug 17th new
Oh, behave!
Aug 17th new
(quote) Roystan-340472 said:

Most pews have two entrances because of fire department regulations (or for ease of communion processions or whatever). Jerk your thumb in the direction of the other entrance while submerged in prayer. But, before you do so, quickly open one eye to check whether the interrupter is blind or lame or suffering from Parkinson's or is accompanying someone who is. (Do not turn your face towards the disturbance. Just let your eyeball swivel left or right and up.) If he is, let him in because as the wheel turns, you, me, anyone can become blind, lame, suffer from Parkinson's ... or accompany one who is. If he isn't, apparently the one-eye sideways-swivel-and-up cold, glacial stare is even more discomfiting for the intruding interloper than a full face-on two-eye cold, glacial stare.


Authorities may differ on this matter but a woman who is massively pregnant should be able to circle around to the other entrance unless the pews behind and in front of you are already taken. Women who are massively, massively pregnant should be treated especially kindly as their multiple infants will be the taxpayers in due course who will keep your Social Security payments coming. Let them in with a welcoming (if slightly forced) smile. Remember, an annoyed grin is not a smile. A smile is when your lips pull back to reveal teeth. Just be careful because a forced smile over an undercurrent of annoyance may look like a snarl. There's really no advice possible on how to manufacture a spontaneous smile of welcoming goodwill except to ... well, just do it.

Words of wisdom from down under. tongue
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