Pray Tell is one year old

Happy New Year, and Happy Birthday to Pray Tell!

This blog is now one year old, and what a great year it’s been. The readership increase has been dramatic, especially since our reporting on the Roman Missal Crisis intensified. We’re now getting up to 4,000 “unique visitors” (to use the blogspeak) per day.

Over the past year we have averaged 2.2 posts and 42 comments (approved comments, that is) per day. That works out to 19 comments per post on average.

Here are top 12 posts of 2010 with the most comments:

12. New papal banner (111)
11. The National Federation of Priests’ Councils (112)
10. How we got the current GIRM (113)
9.   New Mass translation “reaches up to heaven” (114)
8.   Cardinal Lehmann criticizes advocates of the old rite of Mass (121)
7.   For the future – singing the Mass (122)
6.   US bishop on the missal timeline (123)
5.   Cardinal George: “Let’s get ready” (124)
4.   The Roman Missal Crisis: Away with the critics! (125)
3.   Fr. Stravinskas replies to Fr. Ryan (129)
2.   A Communiqué from my Archbishop (137)
1.   Missal unrest in New York (156)

Huge thanks to everyone who makes this great blog possible:  our sponsors, Saint John’s School of Theology•Seminary and Liturgical Press, with Dean Bill Cahoy and Director Peter Dwyer and their wise and always supportive advice; Brian Eisenschenk at the Press for technical assistance;  all our regular contributors;  the blog editorial committee: Kimberly Belcher, Hans Christofferson, Rita Ferone, Kathleen Cahalan (departing member) and editorial assistant Chris Ángel;  and YOU, faithful readers and commenters.

And soon, we will sing the vigil office of Mary, Mother of God, and move into a new calendar year. Pray Tell will be covering the North American Academy of Liturgy convention in San Francisco next week, including the day-long meeting of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy at which reps from ICEL and BCDW will give updates. Watch this space for the latest.

I guess there’s some new Catholic liturgical book coming out in 2011 – we’ll check into that for you and see what’s up. May 2011 be a year of blessings for all of us.





  1. I am most grateful for this blog and for all it’s contributors! Fr. Anthony, I appreciate your hard work and thoughtful moderation. I wish you the happiest of new years, and may you take all the best of 2010 and bring it with you into 2011, leaving the bad behind you!

  2. Fr. Anthony – God bless you. Even though it gets steamy sometimes (which is often good fun), we all learn so much and feel connected to things because of your efforts and dedication to this.

    Many thanks to you.

  3. A very happy birthday to PrayTell.

    In the last year, you have greatly enriched the Catholic blogosphere – and boy did it need it!!

    Happy New Year to you all and many blessings 🙂

  4. Congratulations on reaching this milestone! I have found the discussions helpful and illuminating. Long may PrayTell continue : )

  5. I was introduced to Pray Tell about six months ago; I did not realize it was “so young.” I am very happy to play a part in it.

    In a very real sense we are helping to keep the Spirit of the Liturgy alive.

    I express my sincere thanks to Father Anthony and all the contributors!!

  6. Many Happy Returns of the Day! And Happy New Year!

    Many thanks, especially, to Fr. Anthony for all the hard work involved.

  7. Well done Anthony and everyone.

    Pray Tell is an exceptional blog that I enjoy reading every day – all sides of the issue.

    I pray that your ministry continues to be blessed, even and especially when you are called to whisper truth to Power.

  8. I just wanted to echo what others have said. Thank you, Father Anthony for all your hard work in making this a space for various points of view. From my perspective as a Lutheran interested in the ongoing work of liturgical renewal, I particularly appreciate the insight into the give and take of the Roman Catholic renewal effort.

  9. Discovering Pray Tell has been a blessing for me in 2010. As Fr Allan says, it’s a fine thing when progressives and traddies can be in rational conversation about a neuralgic issue like liturgy. Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor.

    In the language of the new, wonderful translation, that will read, “It has congregated us in one, of Christ the love.”

    But you get the drift. Catechesis will help.

    Ad multos bloggos annos!

    1. Or in the language of the current translation: “Father, your love gathers us as one people in praise and thanksgiving.”

      And let’s be honest: you were referencing how the 2008 text would have looked. The 2010 text would read: “The love of Christ, we pray, has congregated us in a single.”

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