In most countries around the globe, this past Sunday’s Catholic Masses will follow the texts for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (at least for Western Rite Roman Catholics). I am assuming that will also hold true for most parishes around the United States. At the same time, in this particular country, Jun 26, 2022 was also the 1st Sunday post-Roe.
There are two sites in liturgical celebrations across the U.S. where this fact probably came into view, namely in preaching and in praying, especially in the intercessions.
I want to invite us all to a kind of liturgical “mapping” here. If you want, let others know what you encountered in the liturgies you attended:
- What words were chosen, and how did they resonate with you and with the people with whom you worshiped?
- How, who and what did we pray for on this Sunday? What do we give thanks for, and what do we lament?
- Who and what might have remained invisible?
- What did we hear from the pulpits of our churches? What do we long to hear?
Full disclosure: I myself was not looking forward to attending Mass in person in the U.S. this past Sunday, and I was tempted to join a community at Mass in another country via digital media. But I resisted that temptation.