As many of you have already seen over at Facebook, I’ve recently switched parishes. I was previously a registered parishoner at the Cathedral Parish of St. Raphael, and I am grateful for the many good things that are happening there, but recently, after much prayer and discernment, I have come to the realization that St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff is an even better fit for me. I especially love they’re excellent implementation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, Musicam Sacram, and the rest of the church’s liturgical traditions. I love how there is an attitude of leadership, willing to lead the way in the Reform of the Reform in a plethora of ways that is rarely seen at other parishes at the extent to which you can find it here. In short, I love how they are blazing the trail, and leading the way, in faithful obedience.continue at: http://blog.yankehome.com/index.php/moved-to-st-marys/#sthash.AzLlcK6Z.dpuf
Liturgy of the Hours
For years now, St. Mary’s has making public celebrations of the divine office more frequent (at least twice a week, often more), as well as encouraging it, and trying to incorporate it into the devotional life of the parish. Additionally, it is encouraged among the faithful (and practiced by many) that the office be prayed privately as well, at their own homes, which many do. It is also often incorporated into the parish events, including the monthly Knights of Divine Mercy meetings. It is almost always sung, not recited, and when possible, it is celebrated with additional solemnity, including a priest celebrant, incense, and even polyphony and organ.
Pastors of souls should see to it that the chief hours, especially Vespers, are celebrated in common in church on Sundays and the more solemn feasts. And the laity, too, are encouraged to recite the divine office, either with the priests, or among themselves, or even individually. (Sacrosanctum Concilium, §100)
Yanke: Why I made the Jump…to the Greatest Parish in the Midwest
If you want to know what attracts people like Ben and I to a parish, he lays it out quite well in this recent post. People like us like what the Church actually teaches on liturgy and music, something that the country club Catholics seem to strongly dislike.