One of our guys was in the Philippines and was presiding at Mass in the Metro-Manila region. At the Offertory Procession, people brought up the usual gifts of bread and wine. At the end of the procession, however, hidden because she was tiny, was a lady who presented a live chicken knotted into a plastic carrier bag. My friend, not knowing quite what to do, told the acolyte to place the semi-comatose chicken on the altar steps.
The Mass proceeded, without the chicken giving a single squawk. Problem solved… until my pal, in descending the stairs of the altar in order to distribute Holy Communion, accidentally kicked the bagged chicken and sent it tumbling forth. The chicken came to life and suddenly began to cheep loudly. The congregation erupted into raucous laughter.
He took the chicken home after Mass and they ate it for their Christmas dinner.
Do you have any stories to tell about funny incidents at Mass?
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