Many years ago, and for several years, our one-time collaborator Neil graced us with a daily series during this week. I confess my laxity in not maintaining this important tradition. I was daydreaming during Mass tonight, and thought, why not offer a renewed effort here?
I’d like to offer a series of suggestions as we journey through the Christian Unity octave (18-25 January). My first one will startle many pastors and most parishioners. I would suggest suspending the use of the Mass for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. Now, don’t go changing things up tomorrow in a burst of energy. Plan for next year.
The rubric is in the Roman Missal, and we discussed it here.
This Mass may be used whenever there are special celebrations for the unity of Christians, provided it does not occur on a Sunday of Advent, Lent or Easter, or on any Solemnity.
That’s right. In 2021, boot out the regular Lectionary and Mass prayers and devote the community to the intercession for Christian unity. Here are my suggestions for the Liturgy of the Word:
If you are looking for the prayers for the Mass, you’ll have to get close to the end of your Missal. But they’re all there.
Few Catholic communities dare to do this. But more could. As we progress through the week, I’ll offer a series of suggestions for different elements of the church–musicians, families, intercessors, and the like. We’ll see how it goes.
A final prayer for the cause:
For through him you brought us
to the knowledge of your truth,
so that by the bond of one faith and one Baptism
we might become his Body.