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.