Well, I thought I'd heard every single explanation possible for strange liturgical deviations and continued disobedience to the rubrics of the Novus Ordo Mass, but that was until I attended a Mass as a visitor at a parish about fifteen miles south of my hometown this weekend.
Everything about the Mass was pretty normal by NO standards. Songs were from the green Gather hymnal, a bunch of EMHC's up at the altar prior to the fraction rite, holding hands at the Our Father. You get the picture.
But, after Mass, the priest decided he needed to give a little refresher in liturgical rubrics to the people. He got up and started talking about how the Mass was supposed to be oriented towards God and that the worship of God was the ultimate end of the Mass. I thought, "Okay, this is sounding good. Is he going to announce ad orientem Masses?" He then went on to say that, because of this reason, he had installed a giant eye-ball on the rear wall of the sanctuary (where the traditional rose window would be). This big eye (he said) represented the eye of God the Father looking down on the Mass. It was a bizarre looking thing: a big golden triangle with a blue glass ball inside, kind of like a surveillance camera you see at Wal-Mart or something. It actually looked a lot like the creepy pyramid-eye of the Freemasons. It was probably about a foot long and a half of foot wide. He claimed it was the symbol of some religious order, but I went to that order's website and couldn't find any such symbol.It was kind of like this, only the pupil was a big blue orb and the triangle was solid:
He then added that the rubrics prescribed him to "look up" at many times during the Mass and now he had something to look at. Some people laughed at this: I don't know if he was joking or not.
So, I guess if you are a priest and want to say your liturgy is oriented towards God, just install a big, creepy eye-ball on the rear wall of your sanctuary so that you can stare at it during the Mass.Sorry I haven't posted in a few days: the Assumption threw me off, but I'll be back next week. Pax.