I caught this excellent post over at SERVIAM!
And while the sweet sounds of bats upon balls heralds another year of America’s Pastime, the spring training to which I refer is of an even more sacred kind (as hard as that might be to imagine.)
Dioceses are beginning to prepare for the implementation of the new, corrected Mass translations. I was recently sent a copy of a memo from the Office of Sacred Worship in the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph. The first thing I noticed was that the word “sacred” had been recently added to the name of the Office of Worship. I knew then that the memo was going to be an enjoyable read. It did not disappoint.
Please make special note of how control of every aspect is being taken up front. Bishop Finn is taking steps to ensure that the usual chaos of leaving pastors and liturgists to interpret how best to implement these changes does not happen. Boundaries are being set. Standards are being set. Goals are being set. The gray is being removed and only black and white (and of course the red) [Indeed!] will remain.
This should be a model for other Dioceses.
I now include the memo in its entirety. I suggest a full, fresh mug of Mystic Monk Coffee before you begin, to complete out your experience.
First, use that link to buy some Mystic Monk Coffee, and then go read that memo.
SERVIAM! winds up with this:
Ahhhh, spring is in the air and there seems to be a fresh breeze blowing through our sacred liturgy. It’s the 7th inning liturgical stretch!
Take me out to the bookstore
The time for change has arrived
Buy a new missal and altar cards
Take the old ones and cast them afar
Cuz it’s root root root for the right way
The long delay’s been a shame
But it’s one, two, three strikes they’re out
It’s a new ball game!