"Tempo and pacing are crucial parts of the success of any endeavor, and especially the liturgical arts, music, and education. The speed of delivery, the space between events and ideas, and the overall energy of one’s demeanor form a significant part of the tone of one’s message. Fish bite when the lure is in motion.
"An effective liturgist will establish exactly the right pace and habits in order to focus on the content itself. Conservatives often say “reverence takes time.” This is a fair statement, a worthy maxim, and a good drumbeat to rally fellow conservatives against Fr. Hasty Minute-Mass. But the tendency here is toward being slow, which may not be the most effective or appropriate tempo. The adage “festina lente” or “make haste slowly” conveys prudence, however quickness can convey strength, enthusiasm, and engagement. Just because something is slow, doesn't mean it is rich and reverent. Slow liturgy might even be boring and anemic.
"People want to sing. They want content. They don’t want drivel and narration. They don’t want the same pithy community organizing each week. It wears thin and distracts from the content people crave. Focusing on the content requires obedience to the liturgy. All analogous educational research suggests that an ordered “liturgical” environment fosters greater learning and participation.
And so I return to the opening paragraph: tempo is critical for the success of the content. Keep the pace and allow all things their proper time. Our liturgy is ordered toward understanding and efficiency. If something is worth doing, yes—to quote G.K. Chesterton—it’s worth doing badly. But it’s even more worthwhile when done well. The most effective way to do the liturgy, is to do it as written: with simplicity, obedience, and excellence... and the proper pace."