Monthly Archives: May 2012

RDCA II, 31-32: Procession to the Church

We left off yesterday with the bishop’s brief instruction/homily at the procession start site. The 2003 ICEL draft text offers few changes from the official version here: 31. When he has finished addressing the people, the Bishop receives the miter and pastoral … Continue reading

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Green Final: Ubi Christmas?

Most of the Dance has landed on a purple, white, or even a red liturgical day. This week, the “green” songs are “at home.” Seasonal fare has done quite well in the Dance thus far. Let’s see how a beloved … Continue reading

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Catholic Discouragement, And Where To Swim From Here

Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. (Psalm 146:3-4, NRSV) My more careful readers know that … Continue reading

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A Small Legal Adjustment

Bishop Finn appoints away some episcopal authority. Or does he? In the old days (of JPII) it was Rome who appointed co-adjutors to ride to the rescue. In the 21st century, I guess this is left to western bishops to … Continue reading

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Rock Musician At The Keyboard

Indie rock musician finds himself in a church gig in Australia. I was thinking about that scene in The Commitments when a little Procol Harum breaks out at practice. The folks at St Kevin’s, Bangalow have that covered: Shortly after … Continue reading

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RDCA II, 29-30: The Procession Assembles Itself

In describing options, the Roman Rite is careful to give the local Church needful choices. Liturgical options are not given for the convenience or personal taste of the ministers, but for the pastoral benefit of the people. The option that … Continue reading

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White Final: Easter vs Christmas

This is an interesting pairing, matching up the #1 Easter and Christmas songs of some of the English-speaking world. I remember before I was baptized asking my mom which was a bigger holiday, Christmas or Easter. The latter, my Baptist … Continue reading

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