Category Archives: GIRM

GIRM 388-390: Decisions for National Conferences

Episcopal conferences play a role: 388. Those adaptations spoken of below that necessitate a wider degree of coordination are to be decided, in accord with the norm of law, in the Conference of Bishops. A rather nice candy-coating of current … Continue reading

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GIRM 387: Adaptations for the Bishop

Responsibilities of the bishop: 387. The Diocesan Bishop, who is to be regarded as the High Priest of his flock, from whom the life in Christ of his faithful in some sense derives and upon whom it depends,[Cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium … Continue reading

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GIRM 386: Adaptations

Chapter IX, the last chapter of the GIRM begins: 386. The renewal of the Roman Missal carried out in our time in accordance with the decrees of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council has taken great care that all the faithful may … Continue reading

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GIRM 382-385: More on Masses for the Dead

There’s a bit more on Masses for the Dead: 382. At Funeral Masses there should usually be a short Homily, but to the exclusion of a funeral eulogy of any kind. Which isn’t to say that remembering the deceased isn’t … Continue reading

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GIRM 379-381: Masses for the Dead

Catholics do foster that connection with the dead. It’s a good thing for those on Earth, as it affords a ministry of comfort and reflection. 379. The Church offers the Eucharistic Sacrifice of Christ’s Pasch for the dead so that, … Continue reading

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GIRM 375-378: Various Needs and Occasions 3

Concerning Mary, Jesus and others: 375. Votive Masses of the mysteries of the Lord or in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary or of the Angels or of any given Saint or of all the Saints may be said in … Continue reading

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GIRM 371-374: Various Needs and Occasions 2

Let’s consider some issues as Masses for Various Needs and Occasions intersect the current liturgical year. First, a broad definition: 371. Among Masses of this kind are included Ritual Masses, Masses for Various Needs and Occasions, and Votive Masses. When … Continue reading

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