Tuesday, October 10, 2006

No More “Saginaw Blessing”

From Adoremus Bulletin:

Saginaw Bishop Robert Carlson included a section suppressing the “Saginaw Blessing” in his directives implementing the General Instruction of the Roman Missal.

The “Saginaw Blessing” was originated by Bishop Kenneth Untener shortly after he became bishop of Saginaw in 1980. [Bishop Untener died in March 2004.]

During this “blessing”, everyone in the congregation raises both arms as they recite the verses. The second verse, which uses feminine language for God was Bishop Untener’s innovation.

May the Lord bless and keep you!
May she make her face shine upon you and be gracious to you.
And give you her peace.

This goofiness has been going on for 25+ years? And we wonder why so many Catholics are so confused, have left the Church, or who fell obligated to dissent from the Church's teaching. May God have mercy on Kenneth Untener's soul.

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