Bishop urges priests to drop the Hail Mary from Masses
That is to say, Bp. Kieran Conry of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton (where I have several priest friends including the great p.p. of St. Mary Magdalen) thinks that there should not be a “Haly Mary” after the prayers of the faithful or bidding prayers during Mass on the basis that the Roman Rite does not envisage the inclusion of devotional prayers like that. Also, it seems that the Holy See wrote to the Bishops of England and Wales to discourage gently the widespread practice. It isn’t widespread in the USA, however.
At my home parish in Minnesota we had either a “Hail Mary” after the intercessions or sometimes the Prayer to St. Michael. The man who formed and ran and really gave the style to the liturgical worship there was (and is, for he lives still as a nonagenarian) an Englishman, a permanent deacon to boot, who had been in the Westminster Cathderal school and was part of the army of boys who served there. He also received a charter from the Archdiocese of Westminster for the first group of the Archconfraternity of St. Stephen outside of England. The liturgical style was that of Westminster of the 1930′s. Very smooth. Precise without being too rushed, rigid or angular (which I detest). Anyway, I am sure the “Hail Mary” after the prayers of the faithful was brought in by this fine MC.
I note also in The Catholic Herald that there is an editorial on the topic and on Bp. Conry’s remarks.
“… This strikes us as sad – for what is being discouraged is a tradition that has been observed in England, known as “Mary’s dowry”, since medieval times. The absence of this venerable prayer will not enrich the Mass in any way; it will, however, distress Catholics who have been saying it at Mass every Sunday of their lives. Surely there are enough genuine liturgical abuses to address that the bishop need not worry about the persistence of this hallowed and much-loved practice.”
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