Roman Catholics: A New Way of Worship

At the Roman Catholic chapel on the University of New Mexico campus last week, one woman worshiper commented on the vaguely familiar hymn sung at the end of the Mass. "It's very pretty," she said. "Who wrote it?" Her response was a disbelieving gasp when the priest explained that O God, Almighty Father was a Lutheran hymn.

She was not the only U.S. Catholic to be surprised as the nation's dioceses prepared for the introduction on Nov. 29, the first Sunday in Advent, of sweeping changes in the Mass. In obedience to decrees...

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