No, this is not a post about the more than 10,000 changes that some small group from Vox Clara made to the texts of the Missal submitted by all the English-speaking episcopal conferences, in fact working not from their latest submission but largely ignoring the last round of consulation and working from what the conferences had submitted a few years ago, and all this without consulting with the conferences, also not consulting the musicians settings the chants so that the final text is unsingable in several places, with the revisions moving sometimes closer to the Latin but oftentimes further away from it, with an arbitrary incoherence to what direction the text has moved, and with the English in the final version being rather inelegant and stilted and sometimes barely making sense and in a few cases bordering on heresy, and … well, this sentence is getting rather long so I’ll bring it to a timely close by saying: No, this is not a post about that.
This is a post about the number of hits PrayTell had yesterday. More than 10,000!
The reason for each new high is that we’ve been referred to by someone – eg. the London Telegraph (thanks, Damian) or America magazine (thanks, Fr. Martin). Yesterday we were linked in a mass emailing from the What If We Just Said Wait folks. Who, I understand, are thinking about their next initiative. It will be interesting to see what that is. And it will be very interesting to see how the implementation goes, since there was no on-site experimentation as the “What If We Just Said Wait” petition called for. Msgr. M. Francis Mannion (no liberal, he) wrote in to America some years ago to say that much local alterations is the likely result of the introduction of an unpopular Missal. That sounds right. I fear the implementation could be one big chaotic mess.
But this isn’t a post about that. This is a post about a new high in Pray Tell vistors. More than 10,000. Welcome to all! Come back often.