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DPPL 98: The Advent Wreath

The most recognizable piece of home piety that has translated to the Advent church is a certain circle of greens with accompanying candles: 98. Placing four candles on green fronds has become a symbol of Advent in many Christian home, … Continue reading

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DPPL 96-97: In Advent

Today’s two sections preface the specifics that follow (98-105) for the season prior to Christmas. First, some definitions: 96. Advent is a time of waiting, conversion and of hope: • waiting-memory of the first, humble coming of the Lord in … Continue reading

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DPPL 95: Sunday

Before launching into Advent, the Church devotes some “ink” to the Eighth Day. First, a reminder that Sunday is primary. Why? Because it is, by definition, a festive observance with Jesus Christ at the root. Each Sunday is an Easter: … Continue reading

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DPPL 94: The Liturgical Year

Chapter Four, the longest of this document, is titled “The Liturgical Year and Popular Piety,” A brief introduction: 94. The liturgical year is the temporal structure within which the Church celebrates the holy mysteries of Christ: “From the Incarnation and … Continue reading

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DPPL 93: Guidelines for the Harmonization of Popular Piety with the Liturgy

If anybody is dozing (I can see your glassy stares!) for our series on the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (check the hyperlinked highlight for the document online) we’re getting close to wake-up time. 93. The following guidelines … Continue reading

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DPPL 92: Further Thoughts on Inculturation

The CDWDS’s concerns here reflect the era 1978-2013, and perhaps some of this language might be tempered if it were being written today. That said, DPPL 92 opens with a genuinely optimistic view: 92. The adaptation or inculturation of a … Continue reading

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DPPL 91: Inculturation and Popular Piety

We’re going to wrap up Part One and Chapter Three with a look at inculturation. DPPL 91 contains two long footnotes, one from Cardinal Ratzinger, and the other from the Pontifical Council for Culture. So we’ll tackle the witness of … Continue reading

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