Lex orandi lex credendi, the slogan goes. The law of prayer is the law of faith. The way we pray determines what we believe. Liturgy comes before doctrine.
Here in Collegeville we’ve long supported the vernacular. Already in 1951 we renamed Orate Fratres, our liturgical journal, Worship. And now we’d like to think that we’ve provided a translation of Lex orandi lex credendi for our times: yup, “Pray Tell.” Now that’s dynamic equivalence at work for you.
OK, I made all that up. But I do rather like putting “pray” before “tell.” It reminds me of Prologue of the Rule of Benedict, “Every time you begin a good work, you must pray to Christ the Lord most earnestly to bring it to perfection.” I try to follow that advice before I post, as I pray for wisdom and a loving heart in putting down my thoughts.
I rather like running a blog, by the way. It’s the perfect medium for an introvert with lots of opinions like me.
And I really like the name of our blog. I wish I could claim credit for thinking of it, but I can’t. Kudos to Peter Dwyer, director of Liturgical Press.