Some of you may know the Book of Blessings provides for the blessing of a parish’s new resource for singing the Mass. After a brief introduction, the priest offers a prayer of blessing:
Lord God of glory,
your church on earth joins with the choirs of heaven
in giving you thanks and praise.
As we gather to worship you in wonder and awe
may the songs on our lips
echo the music that swells in our hearts.
Bless us as we use these hymnals
and grant that we may glorify and praise you,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
Note the specific blessing is on people (“Bless us”).
What of annual music books: should these be a means of blessing the singing assembly? (First Sunday of Advent, visualize: wreath, books … what else?)
What gesture seems appropriate for people holding their books? To raise them in the air? What about the books in empty pews?
And the question often asked for a parish with many weekend assemblies: bless at one Mass or all of them?
Sit in the purple chair and render judgment. How has your parish done it? What would you do, were you more than the armchair liturgist?