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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-02-12 Part II

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Triple Dog Dang!!! – A Mini Petition or a Conclusion Concerning Concluding Rites: There is no denying that my post For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2017-02-12 was a rant. [I say “my post” because my dear wife was too tired to participate.] After more than two years of several forms of what can be described as “spiritual abuse”, I have grown to be dismayed, wearied, and disgruntled. The tidal wave of change imposed by our Pastor has caused a fundamental shift in the way St. Peter’s worships. It is not, nor can it ever be reckoned to be, a shift that has improved the quality of worship in our parish.

When I am dismayed, wearied, and disgruntled as I am now, I refer to the teaching of the Church on matters of Liturgy. For example the item The Celebration of the Christian Mystery in the Catechism of the Catholic Church certainly helps me to put things back into focus.

With regard to the specific matter of my Triple Dog Dang!!!, it is not just my opinion nor a feeling of nostalgia for the Mass of my childhood; the USCCB, in its instruction Concluding Rites, is very clear in stating the form for the final blessing:

“During the Concluding Rites, announcements may be made (if necessary) after the Prayer after Communion. The celebrant then blesses the people assembled. Sometimes, the blessing is very simple. On special days, the blessing may be more extensive. In every case, the blessing is always trinitarian: “May almighty God bless you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” [My emphasis added] It is in the triune God and in the sign of the cross that we find our blessing.”

Our God is “almighty”!

To our Pastor – I have watched you for two years struggling consciously to omit certain words and phrases like “graciously” and “we pray” from the prayers of the Mass. How can you possibly find any reason to omit the word “almighty” when it so aptly describes the nature of our God? How can you take the words of the Church, in the Order of the Mass, and modify them to your own chosen “style”?

To our Bishop’s Delegate for the Clergy – In the grand view of the troubles besetting the Catholic Church throughout the world, the above discussion is but a small matter. Nevertheless, if the People of God, the Church Militant, are to be nourished and strengthened in preparation for the “troubles” to come, they require celebrations of the Liturgy that inspire them to draw ever closer to the Mass and the Eucharist. In these troubled times and in any times, we at St. Peter’s deserve something better than the imposition of a deficient, personal, chosen “style” upon our worship.

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