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Beware the Liturgist

Richmond Catholic has informed us that the Diocese of Richmond, home to the “Powerpoint Mass” among other liturgical “innovations”, has invited Jill Maria Murdy to offer a workshop on Church décor. While I have never heard Ms. Murdy speak, the items she offers in her Café-Press store raise some questions.

Is the Liturgy really all about you?

Given the dubious history of the Richmond Diocese’ faithfulness to the GIRM, I wonder if this sentiment is expressing warfare against the GIRM or with the GIRM.

The title of her upcoming workshop is Beyond Flowers: Liturgical Environment and Décor. If any of my readers attend I would love to know the focus. Will she support religious imagery such as statues and icons of saints, candles, and a real crucifix? These elements are missing from many Richmond Diocese churches. Or will she lean toward banners, labyrinths, smooth stones, and fountains? Maybe Richmond Catholic will have an update for us next week.


Barb, sfo said…
Why is it that churches don't want "real crucifixes?"
I can get past a lot of other decorating stuff, but I just can't get past that. I find it extremely distracting to see a Resurrected Christ, suspended in midair, in front of a lucite cross. Jesus is not supposed to be grinning at me above the priest's head! That doesn't help me call to mind the sacrifice I take part in, at every Mass.
Miss Climpson said…
Denise, this is another reminder to my husband and I of how fortunate we are to live in an orthodox diocese. There's a bit of good news re. Liturgical reform today from the USCCB, though. The new head of the Committee for Liturgy, Bp. Serratelli, is apparently much more orthodox than the outgoing head, Bp. Trautman. Whether this will have any effect on Richmond seems unlikely, at least in the near term. But then, this is a Church that takes the LONG view.
- Heide

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