This is updated from an old story I heard in Baptist church about 30 years ago: Two friends, a Baptist and a Catholic, decided to sample each other's church services. First up was Mass at Patrick's parish. And his friend, Jim Bob, was full of questions. Every few minutes, Patrick felt an elbow in his ribs: (thump) "What's he saying?" (thump) "What's he carrying?" (thump) "What are the candles for?" (thump) "Why's everyone standing up?" Being a good catechism student, Patrick was able to answer every question. But his ribs were getting sore. He was looking forward to next Sunday at Jim Bob's church, so he could do some elbowing of his own. Well, as you may know, there is almost no liturgy at a Baptist church. Nearly everything is straightforward; everything is explained. Patrick's elbow was getting itchy -- until the pastor stepped up to the pulpit and made a show of ceremoniously removing his watch, then laying it next to his sermon notes. This was Patrick's big chance. Drawing back his elbow, he drove it home into his friend's side. (thump) "What does that mean?" Patrick asked. Jim Bob only looked at him with weary eyes: "Believe me -- that doesn't mean a thing."
(From the "Rest" of RHF)