I’ve been giving some thought to what’s ahead on the blog after we finish about sixty more posts on GILH. I do recommend you stay tuned on the Liturgy of the Hours. There are good principles for good liturgy mixed in the regulations on who has to say what and when. I also found some interesting refinements on liturgical music. The plan is to post about two a day, which should take us to mid-November.
I was giving more thought to the request to look at the GIRM. I confess I have little energy at present for it. When GIRM 2000 emerged, I was on a study team for the diocese I lived in at that time. I went through the new and the old GIRM with colored highlighters to chart out territory unchanged, altered, and new. Other bloggers have hit on the GIRM, too. What I think I will do is wait for the release of the English language Order of Mass. That document will contain something equally important to the GIRM: the new rubrics on celebrating Mass–what many liturgists overlook in their proof-texting of other texts.
I’ll continue to tread mostly a chronological path through post-conciliar liturgy documents. I’ll include some American suspects as the mood strikes. If you want to mark your calendars, here are the series that will take us well into 2008:
- Rite of Penance (1973) Still as it emerged from the early post-conciliar days, and still one of the great post-conciliar disappointments.
- Directory for Masses With Children (1973) Some apt directions for liturgical adaptation, but I think this document inspires less enthusiasm today. Too much dumbing down the liturgy? Not enough attention to the inspirational needs of children? We’ll see.
- Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass (1973) I doubt the St Bloggers who have a devotional sensibility will flock to read this series. But I guarantee any reader will be a bit surprised at the variance between the legislation and what is done in parishes or remembered.
- Music In Catholic Worship (1972) Much maligned. Blamed for all ills. Detractors try to relegate it to the sidelines as carrying no weight. The document’s not without its flaws, but it’s still worth a detailed look. I’ll try to time it with a look at Liturgical Music Today (1983) and the forthcoming document which will update or replace these two.
- Fulfilled in Your Hearing (1982) The USCCB document on the homily. If you thought Catholics could get incensed over music, wait till they read what the bishops said about preaching.
- Some time next year, we’ll arrive at what many consider to be the zenith of ICEL’s work: The Pastoral Care of the Sick (1983), RCIA (1988), and the Order of Christian Funerals (1989).
You can be sure we won’t neglect the continuing stream of Vatican liturgical legislation of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, including the updates on implementing Sacrosanctum Concilium. Papal documents, letters, and encyclicals, too.
If you want to catch up on documents of the 60’s, just check the side bar. The Latin titles make it obvious which category headings deal with Vatican II and liturgy. We can pick up the discussion there anytime.