Fr. Tom Margevicius, a member of the Companions of Christ who teaches liturgy at the Saint Paul Seminary, has written a great series of articles on the Mass. Here’s a link to the first article as it appeared in The Catholic Spirit:
I especially like this passage:
A few years ago, a college sports team met with President Bush, and people gasped because some women on the team wore flip-flop sandals. The reaction was reasonable because for really special events we dress up.
The Eucharist commemorates the most important event ever, and our words, actions and objects should dress it up. That’s why the church protects worship from becoming too pedestrian. Not just anybody leads the Eucharist. We choose particular men and ordain them to do so. We don’t use paper cups and plates, nor do we talk to God using words like, “Hey, Dude!” Something special is going on.
Of course, here in southern California we have different ideas about how to dress up for Mass…