Since this is a liturgy blog, let’s limit our comments to the liturgical implications of this move.
I hope it isn’t too much of a “you had to be there” to give my opinionated report on the Mass. I trust that many of the issues I raise also have their relevance for celebration of the Mass wherever you are.
In the past I have checked in with Pray Tell’s readership about the on-going series in which we are re-reading the “Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy” article by article.
Today marks my last day as editor of Pray Tell until January when I will take back over again.
In another joint meeting of the the Liturgy and Opus Dei committees, those present vote unanimously in favor of reciting the Office in English. Implementing the decision continues to prove challenging and complicated.
At a conference this summer, I had the pleasure of hearing a Catholic historian, a theologian, and a sociologist discuss Margaret M. McGuinness’ recent book, Called to Serve: A History of Nuns in America (NYU Press, 2013). The variety of perspectives on the panel reflects the variety of lenses with which the history of American religious women must be viewed.
The latest report of the National Congregations Study holds some interesting insights about worship life in U.S. congregations.
Thomas Frederick Price was born in 1860 in North Carolina, the child of Catholic converts. He would become the first Catholic priest ordained in that thoroughly Protestant state, a fact that helped inspire his great zeal for mission.
The challenges confronting the contemporary Church are well-known. Scandals, war, poverty, poor leadership, and the growing phenomenon of addiction challenge pastors in every corner of the globe. The time for responding with creativity is at hand: implementation of liturgical reform has the capacity to form Christians who can remain faithful as they negotiate these times of troubles.
Another joint meeting discusses at length the issues related to moving to reciting the Office in the vernacular.