Something has been bugging me lately, and I wondered if anyone might have any insight into it. I have been at two masses lately where the congregation did not kneel down for the Consecration, but the priests never said anything, and I wondered if this is common. The first time was at a wedding, a month ago. Most people in the church seemed confused about when to stand, kneel, sit, etc...and kept looking around them to see what everyone else was doing. Nobody was answering the responses either, so these things led me to believe that these people were not regular church-goers. They weren't being deliberately disrespectful, they just didn't know. I knelt at the right times, but even the people sitting next to me did not follow suit. Literally nobody else knelt down for the Consecration. But what upset me most, was the fact that the priest didn't invite them to kneel down. Often when the Our Father is to be said, the priest will say "Please stand, as we say the prayer our Saviour taught us...", so why not let people know they should be kneeling for the most important part of the whole mass?? The other time was on Christmas day, when I went to mass at a different time than usual, hence a different priest than I was used to seeing. Again, the congregation seemed confused, so I gathered they were 'Christmas church-goers', as opposed to regular attendees. I need to add, I am not judging anyone at all, simply explaining that they didn't seem to know what they were supposed to be doing/saying. Again, nobody kneeled for the Consecration, and again, the priest never said anything. I suppose I'm having a bit of a rant, but I just wanted to know - is the priest not allowed to interrupt the mass in order to advise people to be respectful? I hope this is the case, because the alternative is that neither of these two priests cared, and that's really worrying. I would appreciate any insight anybody may have...thank you!