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1962 Pope John. Blesses Liturgical Week To Our Venerable Brother Thomas A. Connolly Archbishop of Seattle e are pleased to send our message of affectionate and paternal greetings to the Liturgical Confer- ence as it prepares to hold its twenty-third Liturgical week in the City of Seattle. The theme of this gathering is a shining motive for encouragement and edification: "Thy Kingdom Come: Christian Hope in the Modern World". It is appropriate at the present time, as all Christians look forward to the sacred assembly of the Bishops in the Second vatican Council. In fact, this meeting at Seattle can contribute towards what is Our ardent hope, namely, that the Church may appear before the modern world ha its full light, in- exhaustible in its vitality as it is able to adapt itself to every noble aspiration and need of its children. "Thy Ki.ngdom Come" is a prayer dictated by Our Lord. At holy Mass it expresses the prayer and honour offered to the Father in heaven. It looks forward to the sacred banquet of the Saviour's Body and Blood and to the final triumph of Christ. In the celebration of the 1/.turgy, upon which all reflect during these days of study, the people of God will have pointed out to them once again the means whereby they can sanctify their pilgrimage through this life. In union with Christ they observe the memory of His Passion, Resurrection and Ascension, all in the blessed hope of the second coming of the Lord, with the fervent plea of Christians, "Come, Lord Jesus, come". Naturally the discussions during the assembly will help greatly towards a better knowledge of the spirit which anianates the Holy See and Hierarchy in liturgical legis- lation, and in the variations which are permitted but dis- ciplined in the co-ordinated vision of the whole, in such a way as to guarantee fi.delity to apostolic tradition and an understanding of pastoral requirements. We offer encouragement to Our Venerable Brothers the Bishops and their co-operators among the clergy and laity assembled in Seattle, that they may spread a deeper knowledge of the meaning of Christian worship and urge the people to participate actively ha the Mass and the Sac- raments. May their close participation in the liturgy which is devotion of the mind and heart, be expressed publicly in word, response and sacred song, rising to heaven like the bursting of a thunderous sea (St. Ambrose). In pledge of that fruitful result, We call down divine graces upon whatever you will deem most opportune to propose, and with loving benevolence We bestow upon you, Venerable Brother, upon the members of the Liturgical Conference, and upon all those taking part in this Week, Our particular Apostolic Blessing. From the Vati,can, August 9, 1962. Pope John XXIII Coat o[ Arms, Pope John XXlll Welcomes Participants Y brother Archbishops, Bishops a n d priests, devoted Brothers and Sis- ters, Officers of the Liturgi- cal Conference and its Board of Directors, my dear seminarians and dearly be- loved members of the laity, those who are of the Faith and those who are not. It is a distinct pleasure to join with the clergy', religious and faithful of the Archdiocese of Se- attle as well as with the general chairman and the chairmen and members of the several commit- tees in extending to each and ev- ery one of you a warm, hospit- able welcome to the Queen City of the Northwest, on America's Last and Most Glorious Frontier. The General Theme for this 1962 Liturgical Week is, "THY K I N G D O M COME: Christian Hope in the Modern World." As we await the second coming of the Lord, we demonstrate our commitment to Him by engaging in the works of this world, His creation. We anchor our hope in the victory of the Resurrec- tion which the Father pledges to all who believe and are bap- tized. We strive toward our eternal destiny, confiding our faith, our hope and our love in the word of God, longing for the end, the final victory, when the triumph of the Lord will be made manifest to all and His Kingdom will be established forever. During this important confer- ence, this theme will be thorough- ly explored in all its connota- tions and corollaries, Here on the grounds of America's Spac_ Age World's Fair, devoted to science and technology, the Christian's view of this world and rite world to come and the important means at his disposal to realize his heav- enly destiny will be brought home to all. Regardless of the conclusions that may be reached in that re- gard, it will be fully realized by all in attendance at this import- ant conference that a new world is in the making and that it is being driven toward a general re- molding of civilization that we cannot remain neutral and in- different as we view the progres- sion of change that takes place before our very eyes, neither can we confine our interests and our activities to the problem of our own purely personal sanctifica- tion, that we must all play a vigorous, militant role in the ac- tive mission of the Church if we are to transform this modern world into the Kingdom of God. We pray God's blessing upon you that yours may be the vision and the strength to carry your glorious record of achievement in the liturgical life of the Church into new years and new fields. May your participation in this im- portant conference, in its ses- sions and its study groups, en- kindle in you the flame of a greater devotion to Almighty God that you may know Him more ardently, follow Him more close- ly and worship him more in- tensely and intelligently. God love you, Thomas A. Connolly Archbishop of Seattle