Monthly Archives: January 2008

Coach Speaks Out

Has this thing with Archbishop Burke going after a basketball coach hit the blogosphere yet? I haven’t been paying attention this week. Coach quote: I don’t anticipate repercussions. But if there were, I don’t need the job. I like the … Continue reading

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Phoning It In

Just as I like to lurk on traditionalist liturgical sites to see what to disagree about, I often go to pro-choice blogs to see what the other side there is writing. It’s always interesting, believe me. Two questions from Kevin … Continue reading

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Westerlund 2 Breaks Through

This image (Credit: NASA/CXC/Univ. de Liège/Y. Naze et al) is of the star cluster Westerlund 2. The human eye would not see this. In fact, the human eye would see massive dust clouds in between the Earth and this distant … Continue reading

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Pareidolia on Mars

What we see on Mars: rocks, dunes, outcrops, even the occasional cloud should be enough to satisfy the scientific and artistic imaginations. Nancy Atkinson at Universe Today takes apart the notion that the “human” figure imaged by the Spirit rover … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Printed Order of Service

Randolph Nichols offered a very insightful comment a few days ago on the printed order of service: (It) complements the hymn board. Unfortunately, at least here in the Northeast, most parishes don’t follow that route unless there is a tradition … Continue reading

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Day 8 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2008

(This is Neil) Day 8 Pray always that they all may be one Be at peace (I Thess 5:13b) Isaiah 11:6-13 The wolf shall live with the lamb Psalm 122 Peace be within your walls 1 Thessalonians 5: (12a)13b-18 Be … Continue reading

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RBC 30-31: Adapting for Other Circumstances

With this post, we conclude our look at the introduction to the RBC. Some local adaptations are described: 30. If baptism is celebrated during Mass on weekdays, it is arranged in basically the same way as on Sunday, but the … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Tobit 7:6-14

The revised Lectionary expanded the size of the little-used Tobit 7 reading. It’s not usually a successful strategy with a future father-in-law to refuse to eat until he consents to the marriage. We covered a lot of the backstory in … Continue reading

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Day 7- The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2008

(This is Neil; sorry I’m late today.) Day 7 Pray for what we need …help the weak (1 Thess 5:14) 1 Samuel 1:9-20 Hannah prays for a son Psalm 86 Listen to my cry of supplication 1 Thessalonians 5: (12a)13b-18 … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Tobit 8:4b-9

One of the more beloved Old Testament selections for a wedding liturgy is the bedtime prayer of the newlyweds Sarah and Tobiah. In popularity, it probably comes in third behind the creation accounts. These two have had a rather unorthodox … Continue reading

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RBC 29: Adapting for Sunday Mass

Let’s look at Baptism during Sunday Mass. Remember that after the Easter vigil, Sunday is the preferred day for baptism, either at Mass or outside of it. I had not noted this adaptation, that during Ordinary Time or Christmas, you … Continue reading

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New Hymn Board

For my church musician colleagues out there: have you ever found a satisfactory way of announcing music at liturgy? Especially visually? I know I never have. The pastor and I have talked about phasing out the verbal announcement of music: … Continue reading

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Day 6 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2008

(This is Neil) Day 6 Pray always for grace to work with God Rejoice always, pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:16) 2 Samuel 7:18-29 David’s prayer of praise and rejoicing Psalm 86 Incline your ear, O Lord 1 Thessalonians 5: … Continue reading

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“Lost to the world but never out of God’s sight”

(This is Neil.) The Very Reverend John Breck has a very good “Life in Christ” column that serves as a reminder that many of those we so easily dismiss while walking through a train station or passing by a tenement … Continue reading

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Day 5: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2008

(This is Neil) Jesus looked at his disciples just before leaving them and prayed, “that they may be one.” He had said, “The Father and I are one thing.” Perhaps, looking at their faces, he realized how different they were … Continue reading

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