Monthly Archives: December 2011

GIRM 95-97: The Functions Of The People of God

Much was made of Lumen Gentium starting with the People of God and moving to the clergy fron there. In the GIRM we get it in reverse. But hey: when you’re number two, do you try harder? 95. In the … Continue reading

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Before I Go To Sleep

The concept is hardly original. One of the better episodes of the last Star Trek series explored the premise of a person who wakes up every morning with no memories of the days and years before. I picked up S. … Continue reading

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GDC 94: “The word of God: source of catechesis”

Part Two, Chapter I (GDC 94-118) is titled “Norms and criteria for presenting the Gospel message in catechesis” This chapter leads off with two timely quotes, the Sh’ma Yisrael passage and a short excerpt from the incarnation narrative of John’s … Continue reading

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GIRM 92-94: The Duties of Those in Holy Orders

Bishops, priests, and deacons each have a distinct role in the liturgy. Here’s what the GIRM has to say about them: 92. Every legitimate celebration of the Eucharist is directed by the Bishop, either in person or through Priests who … Continue reading

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GDC 92-93: Part Two, The Gospel Message

With this post we commence our examination of Part Two of the General Directory for Catechesis, “The Gospel Message.” It consists of two chapters: “Norms and criteria for presenting the Gospel message in catechesis,” numbered sections 94 through 118 “This … Continue reading

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GIRM 91: Duties and Ministries

GIRM Chapter III gives a look at “Duties and Ministries in the Mass, and covers numbered sections 91 through 111. This chapter’s opening paragraph is expanded a bit from the parallel section in the 1975 GIRM. There is a bit … Continue reading

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Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen

This film was at the library yesterday, so the family enjoyed viewing tonight. My wife mentioned that she was always afraid of her. Stern. Powerful. All-knowing. This film seemed to soften that view. This is good, as her birthday is … Continue reading

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Just Desserts

Liam sent me Jonah Lehrer’s piece, “Is The World Just?” It turns out that we all have an intuitive belief in justice – people get what they deserve. This instinct makes all sorts of social contracts possible, but it comes … Continue reading

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GDC 91: Five Points of Inspiration

Let’s read about five points where the GDC thinks RCIA is especially important: 91. In view of this substantial difference, some elements of the baptismal catechumenate are now considered, as the source of inspiration for post-baptismal catechesis. – the baptismal … Continue reading

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GIRM 90: The Concluding Rites

Let’s finish up chapter II, and with it, the Mass: 90. To the Concluding Rites belong the following: a) brief announcements, should they be necessary; b) the Priest’s Greeting and Blessing, which on certain days and occasions is expanded and … Continue reading

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Living in the 40’s

A tale of two analogies. Two prominent Catholics who seemed to have been at a loss for words. And for their troubles, they should have stayed that way, rather than venturing to make comparisons that somehow, don’t quite fit. GOP … Continue reading

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Thurible AWOL

Another first in my long years of liturgical ministry. Someone absconded with the parish thurible sometime in the past two weeks. Getting ready for the Vigil Mass Saturday night, the sacristan comes to the piano and asks where I put … Continue reading

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Saturn’s April Showers

The Astronomy Picture of the Day site posted this global portrait of the planet Saturn. Image credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA Astronomer Carolyn Porco describes that colorful swirly northern stripe here: Over the past year, a great … Continue reading

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GDC 90: “The baptismal catechumenate: inspiration for catechesis in the Church”

Why is RCIA so important? The GDC suggests that the way we form newcomers to the faith is the “inspiration” for the faith formation of believers. That doesn’t mean that RCIA is the model for everything catechetical. But inspiration suggests … Continue reading

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GIRM 88-89: After The Distribution of Communion

The Communion rite doesn’t end with the distribution of the elements and the procession to receive and return to one’s seat. 88. When the distribution of Communion is over, if appropriate, the Priest and faithful pray quietly for some time. … Continue reading

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