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Dear friends,

I recently found myself missing the friendship and guidance of Fr. Serge Kelleher in a big way. He was (and still is) a significant influence on my life, and I know that he influenced many of your lives as well.

I decided to finally read his critique of the 2004 draft of the Revised Divine Liturgy, which is titled Studies on the Byzantine Liturgy. I avoided reading it for all of these years because I didn't want to get pulled into the heated dispute over the RDL.

While I don't agree with all of Father Serge's conclusions, I must say that I found the book to be thoroughly entertaining and informative. Fr. Serge's wit and personality are evident on each page. Some of the most interesting observations and anecdotes are found in the footnotes. All in all, I enjoyed reading it, as I could picture Fr. Serge uttering each sentence.

So, that leads me to a question. In my opinion, Fr. Serge made some valid points that merit consideration. Was the liturgical commission aware of this book? If so, did they make any changes to the RDL based on Fr. Serge's critique?

Thanks!

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Fr. Serge's book was available around June 2006, just before the RDL's promulgation of 6-JAN-2007, liturgicon Copyright © 2006. The draft(s) and then the RDL itself were passionately discussed on the forum. Based on the Decree of Promulgation, the RDL (basically) was fait accompli as of 2001:
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DECREE OF PROMULGATION
At the direction of the Council of Hierarchs of the Byzantine Metropolitan Church Sui luris of Pittsburgh U.S.A., during the time Archbishop Judson Procyk was Metropolitan, the Metropolitan Liturgical Commission prepared a revision of the text, rubrics and music of the Divine Liturgy of Our Holy Father John Chrysostom and the Divine Liturgy of Our Holy Father Basil the Great.
This revision was approved by the Council of Hierarchs and submitted to the Apostolic See for approval, in accordance with canon 657. The Apostolic See granted this approval under protocol number 99/2001, dated 31 March, 2001.
Wherefore, in accord with canon 167 §3, I hereby promulgate this revised text and music of the Divine Liturgy of Our Holy Father John Chrysostom and the Divine Liturgy of Our Holy Father Basil the Great on this 6th day of the month of January, in the year of Our Lord, 2007, The Feast Day of The Theophany of Our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ.
I further decree a vacatio legis until the 29th day of the month of June in the year of Our Lord, 2007, the Feast Day of The Holy Pre-Eminent Apostles Peter and Paul. From this date forward this is the only text to be used in the churches and other places of the Byzantine Metropolitan Church Sui Iuris of Pittsburgh, U.S.A., anything else to the contrary whatsoever, even worthy of most special mention, notwithstanding.
Most Reverend Basil M. Schott, O.F.M. Metropolitan of Pittsburgh
Most Reverend Andrew Pataki Bishop of Passaic
Most Reverend William C. Skurla Bishop of Van Nuys
Most Reverend John M. Kudrick Bishop of Parma

The forum discussions comprise an interesting and important documentation of various theological, linguistic and historical aspects of this (controversial) event in the BCC, worthy of further study. I have myself, recently, been revisiting many of the threads and reviewing, reevaluating and to some extent reliving those discussions. Perhaps the most pertinent thread regarding Fr. Serge's book is:

Serge Keleher: Studies on the Byzantine Liturgy - 1.


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Also, a pdf of the book,

Studies on the Byzantine Liturgy - 1
The Draft Translation: A Response to the Proposed Recasting of the Byzantine-Ruthenian
Divine Liturgy of Saint John Chrysostom
Serge Keleher
2006

is available at this link.


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