Psalm 23King James Version (KJV)
23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Even though I have never been a Protestant, I was instantly brought back to my young elementary school days in Augusta when I recited this version of the Psalm at the funeral. My best friends who lived across the street from us were Methodist and around my age. For Sunday school, they had to memorize Psalm 23, the KJV of it. They also had to memorize many other Bible passages.
They asked me if I would learn it with them. And learn it I did. In fact even in the public elementary school that I attended at that time, we would recite it as a part of our morning prayers which also included the recitation of The Lord's Prayer (Protestant version). As a young child I vacillated between saying and not saying its doxology because I could not find anything offensive about it other than Catholics didn't use it and Protestants did. Sometimes, the minority of Catholic in the classroom would make the Sign of the Cross, but not consistently and I would and wouldn't. This would have been in the 4th and 5th grades as I recall.
I would say that more than a few times, I've been asked by Protestant fiances to have the King James Version of Holy Writ read at Nuptial Liturgies. I would always say no but in many cases the version they wanted was so superior to our lectionary's version. It was a bit embarrassing to say no.
One time, as I recall, without my permission and in defiance of me I think, the lector pulled out a piece of paper at the Nuptial Liturgy and read the King James Version anyway. O my, ecumenism!
Now for liberal progressive Catholics. Aren't there any that would prefer the Extraordinary Form of the Mass?
Just think of the Anglicans and how liberal they are yet many of them are so high church that it makes Pope Pius XII look like a Unitarian liturgically speaking. And these Anglicans endorse female priests, same sex sex married or not sex and all sorts of Unitarian ideologies.
This is Saint Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in Manhattan also known as Smokey Mary's given the volume of incense they use at their "mass."
Is there a Catholic counterpart?????