A few years ago Pope John Paul II
authorized the revision and expansion of the General Instruction of the
Roman Missal. The Roman Missal contains all the
prayers used at Mass and all the guidelines needed for the liturgy. This
past fall the Archdiocese of Los Angeles distributed the new
directions as to how any changes should be carried out in the parishes under Cardinal Roger Mahony.
Several years ago a Pastoral Letter
entitled Gather Faithfully Together was issued in Los Angeles and the
parishes that have implemented it found
themselves well prepared for the new GIRM and in fact already
implementing many of the changes. Holy Trinity is among those who have
little to do to obtain full compliance with the revisions in the liturgy.
On Easter Sunday, and over the next few
weeks, we’ll have additional information on the GIRM provided by the
Office for Worship (LA Archdiocese)
printed in the bulletin. The materials are excellent and I hope that
we’ll all get a chance to read them thoroughly and update ourselves on
behind the liturgy.
Look for a visual change on Easter: the
lector will process in carrying our new Book of the Gospels. More next
time . . . (April 4, 2003)