Wednesday, July 31, 2013

More from NPM in Washington

Wednesday greetings from the NPM convention here in Washington, DC.

It was a busy day for us yesterday. Here's what the convention hall looked like during OCP's music showcase:




WLP sponsored a hymnfest last night, "This Is the Day: Hymns of Joy and Glory," guided by Alan Hommerding. It was held at National City Christian Church. This was one of those "just right" moments at an NPM Convention. Alan's crafting of this event was superb; for me just the right mix of full-throated hymn singing and moments of reflection. Kudos to Alan.

Here is a shot of the exterior of the National City Christian Church, just at dusk:


Their baptism font is one of the largest I have ever seen:


And here is Alan inspiring us all:


The conventioneers have been loading onto buses all morning and heading to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston will be the celebrant of Mass.

We WLPers have our showcase this evening. And I am presenting a workshop this afternoon focused on music and the RCIA.

Yesterday's workshop on the "continuing impact of the Roman Missal" was well attended. I would say that most in the room agreed that the implementation of the new translation has gone smoothly. But most were in agreement that this opportunity for a great renewal in liturgical catechesis that was supposed to accompany the implementation has been largely lost. I tried to help people in the workshop see that there is a difference between the catechesis that was done to help people know about and prepare for the changes in the texts and what liturgical catechesis really is. Not sure I was very successful in outlining the difference, but I hope I was able in some way to show people that much more is needed in the arena of liturgical catechesis.

Very busy afternoon and evening ahead of us. Looks like people are enjoying the convention overall.

Gotta sing. Gotta pray.

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