Monthly Archives: February 2011

25% Off MR3

USCCB Publishing wants to unload MR3′s for 25% off. Get ‘em while they’re hot cheap. My priests prefer the chapel edition; they both have good eyesight and find the full size editions a little clumsy. What about you?

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Satellite Imagination: Nicholson’s Quartet

Detecting natural satellites of Jupiter is darned difficult. The planet is bright. The satellites are small and dim. Most of Jupiter’s moons orbit in irregular paths, nudged by the sun. Some even orbit backwards. If you blinked, you might lose … Continue reading

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GILM 32-34: Ambo

Under a Chapter II subheading, “Aids to the Proper Celebration of the Liturgy of the Word,” we have three numbered sections devoted to “the Place for the Proclamation of the Word of God.” 32. There must be a place in … Continue reading

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GILM 30-31: Prayers of the Faithful

The prayers of the faithful seem to be in that transitional stage between the Word and the Eucharist, but the GILM places them with the Word of God, and here’s why: 30. In the light of God’s word and in … Continue reading

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What Passes for GOP Intellectualism

Are we in for a wild ride in 2012. dotCommonweal on Newt Gingrich’s History of Opportunism. Or does the ex-Speaker have a thing for the opportunism of the present? Poland was buried by godless secularism in 1979, only to be … Continue reading

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GILM 29: Professing Faith

29. The symbol, creed or profession of faith, said when the rubrics require, has as its purpose in the celebration of Mass that the assembled congregation may respond and give assent to the word of God heard in the readings … Continue reading

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Satellite Imagination: Unnamed Moons

Galileo discovered the first satellites (except for our Moon) in the solar system. In the opener of the “satellite imagination” series, you get a piece of the story connected with that. You might think that moons half a billion miles … Continue reading

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GILM 28: Silence

The importance of silence cannot be understated: 28. The liturgy of the word must be celebrated in a way that fosters meditation; clearly, any sort of haste that hinders recollection must be avoided. The dialogue between God and his people … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Fields A Lenten Request

Here’s a great example of the need to balance an established plan with unexpected opportunity. I received an e-mail from a mother of young string players–a violinist and a violist. They enjoyed their involvement in the Advent pageant and at … Continue reading

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GILM 24-27: The Homily

Where the homily is concerned, there is a lot to say. First, a definition: 24. Through the course of the liturgical year the homily sets forth the mysteries of faith and the standards of the Christian life on the basis … Continue reading

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JP2: Liberal, Unsaintly–Right

If you’re on the far fringe, anything’s possible, I guess. In some quarters, they also think Anthony Ruff, chant scholar, is far off the via media too. See a pattern? The culture of narcissism, run amok in inbred circles. Honestly, … Continue reading

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GILM 23: The Gospel Acclamation

23. The Alleluia or, as the liturgical season requires, the verse before the Gospel is also a “rite or act standing by itself.” [41] It serves as the greeting of welcome of the assembled faithful to the Lord who is … Continue reading

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Glory To Space

NASA’s Glory satellite lifts off tomorrow from California to find any connections between solar radiation output, human-made or natural aerosols in the upper atmosphere, and climate change on the ground. Universe Today has coverage here, too. It will be interesting … Continue reading

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GILM 20-22: Singing the Psalm

These next few paragraphs are important. How many parish music directors have read them, let alone have an awareness of them? 20. As a rule the responsorial psalm should be sung. There are two established ways of singing the psalm … Continue reading

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Intercommunion Aftermath

The Anchoress muses on the incident of a Presbyterian minister taking a leadership role with a priest at a Catholic Mass. I think Ms Scalia sidesteps the real matter: union with Rome. She and some of her commenters wonder about … Continue reading

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