Monday, November 14, 2011

Bishops' Meeting in Baltimore

Monday greetings from Baltimore.

The U.S. Bishops are meeting here this week. Last evening, many of the publishers of The Roman Missal, Third Edition, were thanked for their work by Archbishop Aymond, the current chairman of the Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship. I was privileged to be in attendance, along with Mary Lou Paluch Rafferty, the owner of the J. S. Paluch Company and World Library Publications, as well as Bill Rafferty, our president. It was great to see our colleagues from the other publishing houses at the reception. There is a sense here that, with just a few weeks away, we are about to exhale our anxiety. I sang in the schola at morning Mass with the bishops. The Holy, Memorial Acclamation, and Lamb of God were sung to the Missal chants. In case you are wondering, the bishops themselves have not yet completely learned these settings, so we all moved through them together as best we could. It will certainly take time. It was interesting to listen to where in these chanted texts the bishops decide to elongate syllables or take large pauses. For instance, in the Holy, there is a huge pause between the final "hosanna" and "in the highest." Should be interesting to see how these chants end up being actually sung by the majority of Catholics.

I will have much to share tomorrow about my experience at St. Matthias Parish in Somerset, NJ, where I attended the 7:30 A.M. Mass yesterday. It was a time of very heavy and intentional catechesis about the new translation at that parish. More tomorrow.

I am spending the rest of the day here in Baltimore, in meetings to continue to plan the first annual Mid-Atlantic Congress for Pastoral Leadership.

Here's the view from my window overlooking the Inner Harbor here in Baltimore.

Beautiful day, as you can see.

Back to Chicago later today, then "New Translation Tuesday" tomorrow.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.


Anonymous said...


Do the Bishops take time during these days in their prayer or at Mass to remember the bishops who have passed over the last year or so? Who is the Liturgy Director during these events? I can't help but think of the beloved Cardinal Bernardin as he died 15 years ago today. How ironic. My how times have changed in the church and the world.

Chicago, IL

Fr. Gene said...

Waiting with much anticipation for your comments on your experience in a New Jersey parish regarding their "evangelization" about the implemenation of the new translation of the Roman Missal.

Linda Reid said...

AH!!! Makes me homesick - Baltimore is the city where I grew up!congstsk

Jerry Galipeau, D. Min. said...

Yes, the bishops do take time to pray for deceased bishops. Yesterday at Mass they remembered those who died in the past year. The BCDW is the "liturgy director" for the events and local musicians are the music ministers.