Category Archives: GIRM

GIRM 355: Optional Memorials

Once we’ve waded through the directives on solemnities, feasts, Sundays, and obligatory memorials, what happens when there’s a true choice for Mass texts? You can just let the ordo tell you what to do. Or you can learn the principles … Continue reading

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GIRM 353-354: Choices On Major Celebrations

Not very long, but full of common sense: 353. On Solemnities the Priest is obliged to follow the Calendar of the church where he is celebrating. An obvious case of the priest bowing to the pastoral and spiritual need of … Continue reading

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GIRM 352: The Choice of the Mass and Its Parts

GIRM’s Chapter VII covers “The Choice of the Mass and Its Parts,” numbered sections 352 through 367. As we’ve seen in other liturgical documents, the priest is called to sacrifice his own preferences and elevate the “spiritual good” of the … Continue reading

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GIRM 348-351: Other Things Intended For Church Use

The final subsection of Chapter VI: 348. Besides the sacred vessels and the sacred vestments, for which some particular material is prescribed, other furnishings that either are intended for direct liturgical use [Book of Blessings part III] or are in … Continue reading

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GIRM 345-347: Colors of Vestments

Color my liturgical world: 345. Diversity of color in the sacred vestments has as its purpose to give more effective expression even outwardly whether to the specific character of the mysteries of faith to be celebrated or to a sense … Continue reading

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GIRM 344: Material and Design

A brief, but important section: 344. It is fitting that the beauty and nobility of each vestment not be sought in an abundance of overlaid ornamentation, but rather in the material used and in the design. Ornamentation on vestments should, … Continue reading

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GIRM 342-343: Form and Fabric

Vatican II’s liturgy constitution, and hence the GIRM, allows some leeway with regard to the form of vestments: 342. As regards the form of sacred vestments, Conferences of Bishops may determine and propose to the Apostolic See adaptations that correspond … Continue reading

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