erstwhile Lutheran, now Roman Catholic, David Schütz's blog this fascinating link: the music of the new mass. Come Advent next [corrected!] year, the silly season is largely over for many of the excesses that followed in the wake of Vatican II in the Roman parishes and this new and more stately and dignified Mass will be introduced in them. Oh, it's still Roman with all the problems entailed therein, but it is still a joy to see them step back from a reform of the Mass so radical that arch-confessionalist Lutheran Hermann Sasse characterized as being "presided over by St. Zwingli!" Wonder how on earth this will be received in the Roman parishes here in North America. I'll be eagerly listening for responses.
Some of the oddest of comments we've received at St. Paul's over the years come from disillusioned Roman Catholics who observe that our liturgy (Lutheran through and through, mind you) is rather like what they used to have in years gone by. They mean, I think, the reverence of the ceremonial, the careful manner in which the liturgy is celebrated with joy among us. They recognize in our Lutheran Divine Service something more akin to the Masses of their childhood than what they currently find in their Roman parishes. I hope, for their sake, that this is about to change for them.