Tuesday, September 4, 2007

New Jewish Prayer Book

It is reported in today's New York Times that the nation's largest Jewish movement, Reform Judaism is "preparing to adopt a new prayer book that was intended to offer something for everyone- traditionalists, progressives and everyone else--even those who do not believe in God." It is the first new prayer book in 32 years, offering 4 versions of each prayer, in Hebrew and in English. Not surprisingly, the more traditional prayers are on the right side of the books, and alternative versions are on the left. Interesting idea. The prayer book is expected to be released in about one month. I wonder if this would work for Catholics? I don't think so. Then there would be arguments everywhere about which prayers to use in which parish. Some would sit on the left side of the church, some on the right. Not a good thing. It might, however, be an improvement to reverting to the Latin Mass. Yes, I know it's only for those who want it, but it says something about the general direction in which we are heading. I just wonder who is going to be saying these Latin Masses? And how many are actually going to go to them? We shall see.

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