An announcement prior to Mass at many parishes these days politely reminds members of the congregation to turn off their cell phones or pagers.
But often no one seems to remind lectors or priests to turn on the lowly microphone or have it at the right setting. A story in the Catholic Register, a Toronto-based Canadian weekly, examines this very issue.
“If every modern church has a box full of microphones and a covey of speakers perched around the sanctuary, why do so many people complain they can’t hear the readings, the prayers or the homily?” it asks.
The story highlights a day-long workshop called “What is a microphone doing at church?” The seminar is meant to get people thinking about how they use modern technology in liturgies and to give people some basic skills so that microphones and the equipment that goes with them don’t become maladjusted distractions at Mass.
Something to think about next time the microphone lets out a high pitched squeak during a homily.