Liturgical differences

I am married to a Chinese national, and I myself am an American citizen. The Church we attend for weekly Mass varies; some Sundays it’s the local Chinese Catholic Church here in town, other times we travel back into Shanghai proper and attend an English Mass at St. Peter’s International. It will be interesting to compare the liturgy in theĀ one celebration with that of the other.

Already we notice that the homilies differ in scope: the international parish homilies talk more about behavior in general, explaining the underlying meanings found in the Gospel that day, while the local Chinese Catholic Mass has a sermon more closely tied to the behavior of the parishioners. I guess that’s to be expected. In the next several weeks, we are going to try to attend two Masses each weekend — his and hers — to compare notes. It’s going to be enlightening to see what differences exist.