Who's the Pope?Last night, Nicole and I went to the late Mass at St. Peter in Chains. This is the liturgy that is usually the "contemporary" Mass, and I am not normally a fan of such undertakings. However, the quality of music and worship at the 6:00pm Cathedral Mass has greatly improved of late, and has gone from being a mini-Woodstock to being, well...much more spirit-filled worship. I'm still not a fan of contemporary (as opposed to more traditional) worship, but I now find it much more tolerable.
One thing that did happen at the Mass last night was that Father Bramlage, the Cathedral rector, made a mistake that has become common of late. During the part of the Consecration where the Mass is offered in part for the Holy Father and for the local bishop, Father Bramlage had to correct himself:
Lord, remember your Church throughout the world; make us grow in love, together with John Pau...Benedict, our Pope, Daniel our bishop, and all the clergy.
We aren't quite three months into the reign of Benedict ( and many of us are enjoying it highly), but John Paul's influence can still be felt, even in the number of priests who are so used to saying "John Paul" during the Mass who still haven't quite adjusted to "Benedict."