He is doing something right. I have mentioned several times on this blog that we have a new pastor. Since the arrival of our new pastor there have been some changes. We got rid of the OCP Music Issue and are now using the St. Michael’s hymnal. At least once per month we are using some Latin responses in the Novus Ordo. We now have confessions six days per week. We have a weekly Holy Hour with Exposition and Benediction.
I believe the fruits of these changes were visible last night. The first Mass of the Triduum was packed. I have never seen it so well attended. The parking lot could not hold all the vehicles of Mass attendees. The church was perhaps not as crowded as it will be Easter Sunday, but it was filled enough that latecomers had to sit in the balcony. And what a lovely service. All three of our priests concelebrated the Mass with our pastor as the primary celebrant. Six high school young men were altar servers. The music was beautiful. Clear voices with minimal instrumental accompaniment sang Pange Lingue. Now that the choir is in a choir loft, we can hear the ethereal beauty of the music without the distraction of watching the performers.
Father used his homily to speak a little about the vocation of the priesthood. To emphasize the importance of fostering vocations in our youth he chose 12 high school young men from the altar server corps to participate in the foot washing rite. Each was dressed in a coat and tie. It was truly inspiring to see such youthful participation in this solemn rite.
I am convinced our parish is undergoing a renewal in our faith. I do not believe any single development can account for this renewal. It is not a revolution. Instead it is the steady hands of our priests holding firm to a course of orthodox Catholicism. Pray they have the grace and strength to continue.