Monthly Archives: October 2006

The Annual Check-Up

I’ve avoided it in a lot more places than I did it, but I still think it’s a good idea: an annual check-up with each choir member. A director should track the ranges of the singers, getting a sense of … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 17

More on liturgical formation: In seminaries and houses of religious, clerics shall be given a liturgical formation in their spiritual life. For this they will need proper direction, so that they may be able to understand the sacred rites and … Continue reading

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Discipline and Spontaneity

I learned from Whispers in the Loggia that, yesterday, the Trappist community of Mepkin Abbey elected Dom Stanislaus Gomula as the new abbot. Keep him in your prayers. The community’s previous abbot, Dom Francis Kline, passed away in August. I … Continue reading

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Bookshelf

After some heavy European history earlier this month, I had some fun this past weekend with Chris Roberson‘s Paragaea, reviewed here. I was reading the history mainly to get a sense of the Church’s role in the Great War. I … Continue reading

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Liturgical Rumblings

Talking with some colleagues over the past several days. You know: real world colleagues who have to deal with liturgy in parishes, some of whom are even priests. One friend had an interesting take on the end of the lay … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Auditions for Choir Members

What do you think, liebchens? Good idea? Necessary idea? Pastoral disaster? I’ll weigh in tomorrow with my opinion.

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Dark Rings and Smooth Operators

Here’s the latest full color image from Saturn, looking down on the dark side of the rings. The bright sliver on the lower left is the crescent of the day side of the planet. Looks like Blogger has its act … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 16

More on the study of liturgy: The study of sacred liturgy is to be ranked among the compulsory and major courses in seminaries and religions houses of studies; in theological faculties it is to rank among the principal courses. It … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 15

Short and sweet. Enjoy it; we don’t get too many in the Vatican II department: Professors who are appointed to teach liturgy in seminaries, religious houses of study, and theological faculties must be properly trained for their work in institutes … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 14

Chapter 1 continues with a new sub-section entitled, “The Promotion of Liturgical Instruction and Active Participation.” Let’s keep in mind the context of this: we’ve just completed a nine-part portion outlining the nature of the liturgy and its importance in … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 13

What did Vatican II say about devotions? Read it: Popular devotions of the Christian people are to be highly commended, provided they accord with the laws and norms of the Church, above all when they are ordered by the Apostolic … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 12

This section gives a good perspective on external and internal participation. The council, while acknowledging the importance of participation in liturgy, also recognizes the aspect of the spiritual life which is internal: The spiritual life, however, is not limited solely … Continue reading

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“From Everlasting to Everlasting”: Marilynne Robinson on Richard Dawkins

You have probably come across reviews of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, but the best and most comprehensive review that I have read was contributed by Marilynne Robinson to Harper‘s. Robinson is best known as the author of the excellent … Continue reading

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From the Archives of the Catholic World: Nostra Aetate, 1965

I hope that you’ve noticed that the Paulist Fathers have decided to continue the interrupted second century of publication of the Catholic World in an online format. One of their sections involves reprinting articles from the long past of the … Continue reading

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Sacrosanctum Concilium 11

The council bishops recognized that the old legalistic/minimalist approach was a millstone around our necks. But in order that the liturgy may be able to produce its full effects, it is necessary that the faithful come to it with proper … Continue reading

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