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Liturgy: what next?
In November 2006, I attended a Saturday night Mass at St Mary's Church, South Brisbane - or at least I had assumed it was to be a Mass.
Before this 'Mass' commenced, an individual spent ten minutes reading from a book that seemed to have nothing to do with the Catholic Faith. After that the Opening Prayer was said, followed by 15 minutes of silent meditation - with the Kyrie, Gloria, First and Second Readings and Responsorial Psalm all omitted.
At the end of the silent meditation, a lay person read the Gospel and gave a homily. Then someone put on a stole and led the Eucharistic Prayer which sounded like a feminist variant. The Communion Rite concluded with the playing of a recording of John Lennon's anti-Christian song 'Imagine'.
The South Brisbane parish, while being passionately committed to its understanding of social justice, has long-established reputation for presenting do-it-yourself liturgies.
Despite, or because of this, when some Catholic high schools in rural or regional Queensland organise religion excursions to Brisbane, they make a point of sending their students to South Brisbane for Sunday worship.
The time is long overdue for Brisbane's Archbishop to bring this parish into line liturgically with the rest of the Church - or encourage it to go its separate way.
FRANKLIN J. WOOD
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 20 No 3 (April 2007), p. 14
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