The Moment I Walked Into St. Mary 's Cathedral

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From the moment I walked into St. Mary’s Cathedral, I felt out of place. I thought that I would know what to expect since I have gone to Lutheran churches my entire life. To start with, I was unsure what to do with the font of holy water when I walked to into the cathedral. I later found out that people who enter are supposed to dip their fingers in it, and they are to make the sign of the cross with their fingers. Then as I saw others approach their pews they did some sort of one-legged kneel before sitting down, which I unsuccessfully attempted. Once the service started, I became increasingly lost. I have grown accustomed to following along to the liturgy in either a bulletin or a book, but there were neither to be found. The priest would say phrases from his service book, and then everyone in the congregation would respond with what I assume to be memorized responses. The only times I absolutely knew what was going on was during the hymns and the readings due to both of these being in the hymnals in the pews. To make matters worse, there were various portions of the worship service such as the Apostles’ Creed or the Lord’s Prayer where I thought I knew what to say, but the wording would end up different. Finally, I had heard before that Catholics kneel a lot during services, but I was not prepared at all for the length of kneeling that occurred once the priest started the part of the service related to the Eucharist, better known to me as Holy Communion.
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