John Baldovin, S.J. On the New Translation
July 30, 2011
I received the link posted a few days ago, and really think it’s worth a watch. If you’re one of my Roman Catholic Friends (even the non-priest ones!), Fr. Baldovin (who is just the bees knees when it comes to the liturgy of the church-) gives a really thoughtful discussion of the changes in both the Ordinary and the Propers. Priest friends, Fr. offers some really well said discussion and reflection on the new priest-parts.
Protestant Friends, unless you really like liturgy or the Roman Missal, the first three videos might not be the most riveting for you. (Although I will say, ecumenical dialogue might go a lot better if we knew what was going on in each other’s churches- so honestly- if you have any ecumenical leanings, give ’em a watch. You’ll learn something, and it’s important to care about each others’ worship lives.) That aside, Methodist & Protestant Friends, especially presiders, give the fourth video, “Examination of Conscience” a watch. It’s a lovely pastoral reflection on a priest’s examination of conscience before he or she goes to preside in worship. When he says Missal, mentally insert “hymnal” and/or “book of worship” and when he says General Instruction, mentally insert “Book of Worship.” Man of you (and I) took a vow to uphold the worship life of the United Methodist Church and its’ worship tradition when we were commissioned and/or ordained. Fr. Baldovin gives us a great chance to reflect upon how we have already done that but also on how God calls us to greater faithfulness in our own traditions.