Amy Welborne tells of going to Mass, in a piece about clericalism, where there lots of lay people were involved, but:
... the impression I took away with me - after an hour and a half - was the person of the priest. His voice echoed in my ears, his presence dominated my memory of that time. He introduced the Mass, he explained things, there was an RCIA rite, so he explained that, he preached a 25 minute homily, and at the end of Mass, after the lector ran through 6 announcements, he stood and added two rather lengthy announcements of his own.
I’m not kidding when I say that my reaction, at one point was, If you want to turn around, face the crucifix and whisper for a while, THAT WOULD BE FINE WITH ME. PLEASE. FEEL FREE.
I can't help thinking that more people lapse from the Church through being bored stiff, than for any other reason. I remember being on pilgrimage in the Holy Land and concelebrating Mass with for or five other priests, I fell asleep during the lengthy homily, when I woke up I found that the only person on the sancturay actually awake was the celebrant who was preaching. They lay people were all awake!
There must be some way of controlling clerical verbosity, it is so tempting to explain everything, to put in a little joke, to give directions about posture, "kneel or sit as you like", it drives me mad when I concelebrate. I know I preach for too long, I normally stop if people look too disinterested, but the liturgy should be about raising of minds and hearts to God, not to the priest.
He must always decrease and Christ increase.