Pray Tell continues its series on the liturgical history of Collegeville. The sub-series “From the Archives” reprints some of the Liturgy Committee meeting minutes from 1963 to 1969. This sub-series is a behind-the-scenes look at liturgy in Collegeville during and immediately after the Second Vatican Council.
The next record from the Liturgy Committee:
Minutes of the Liturgy Committee
September 19, 1966
Present: Fathers Daniel, Michael, Gerard, Emeric, Brice, Kieran, Aelred, Simon, Bruce and Bros. Gerard, Dominic.
This brief meeting was called to discuss the present horarium. Can we come up with a solution viable to our times? This pertinent question was posited early in the meeting, but evoked little discussion, since some felt we could and should do nothing in regard to changing the present schedule until Father Abbot returns from Rome.
It was suggested that the hour of Mass be 7:30 p.m. to accommodate some who find it difficult to make the present 5:00 Mass, since there was a 7:30 alternate proposed originally. It was also hoped that Sext could begin at 12:00 noon to permit more to be present at its beginning. No decision to change either was passed.
The “problem” of Matins received some consideration. A suggestion to join Vespers with Mass was voiced, but responded to by the observation “if we just want to get it in, what’s the use of reform?”
The committee received a “communication” regarding unnecessary mastication of the host. Response: see Last Supper account.