Regarding “Handbook aims for more mystery and awe in liturgy,” Jan. 4, Pages 8-9: 

The Archdiocesan Liturgical Handbook addresses most of the issues that I have been praying about for many years. I have been unhappy with many changes in our liturgy since the Second Vatican Council. I believe there were many misinterpretations that arose from the council and that some clergy, with their liturgical committees, implemented their personal preferences as “coming from Vatican II” and the parishioners just accepted them. So, from parish to parish, the practices were different and caused division among the faithful. This new liturgical handbook will bring our great reverence for the Blessed Sacrament shown by placing the tabernacle in the center of the sanctuary, by proper genuflection before the tabernacle before entering the pew, by fervent reception of Communion and by silence in church.

Thank you to Archbishop Alexander Sample and Msgr. Gerard O’Connor for officially promoting these positive changes to our current liturgical practices. I look forward to their implementation in all Catholic parishes here and worldwide so we really will be one in the Spirit again.

JoAnn Vannorsdel

Forest Grove