What a strange weather day to end 2010 here in Chicago. I was awaked by thunderstorms moving through the city. It's 48 degrees here and the large amount of snow that has fallen here in the past few weeks is largely melted. Strange indeed.
There is some good news for publishers regarding the new translation of The Roman Missal. Yesterday we received the files we need (not the entire Missal) to begin constructing our worship resources for 2012, work that would have already been completed months ago had we had the texts. So, there is excitement around these parts, and a heck of a lot of work to do as well. We are grateful to the dedicated men and women at the Bishops Committee on Divine Worship, as well as to the folks at ICEL for their diligence and hard work. I cannot imagine what the past few months (and years) have been like for them as they shepherded this process through, with all its strange twists and turns.
So, I end 2010 with a grateful heart. And I look forward to 2011, a year that will see preparation for the reception and implementation of the new translation of The Roman Missal. I believe this will be the single most significant liturgical event in my Catholic adult life.
I am also grateful for each of you, the readers of Gotta Sing Gotta Pray. I hope my musings and the comments of readers have helped you in some small way.
Prayers and best wishes for a Happy and Holy New Year.
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