Daily Archives: 2 February 2007


At this rate, I’ll turn English away from the Norman Conquest and back to a decent polysyllabic German by next week. Maybe I’ll get my own Ordo Missae translation. I was reading of the outrage on Catholic sites and in … Continue reading

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Vacuums, Gauntlets, and Salvation for All

Nature abhors a vacuum. Catholic corollary: We’ve gone a few days without a red-faced, heretic-smackdown, liturgy discussion, so let’s get it down. Rock reports today on Bishop Trautman’s Tablet thrown-down gauntlet on the English handling of “pro multis.” For those … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 23

Unitatis Redintegratio 23 details other important stepping stones aside from the three we’ve covered in the last few posts, especially prayer and worship: The daily Christian life of these (sisters and brothers) is nourished by their faith in Christ and strengthened by … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Presentation Candles

I almost forgot the question for today. How many armchair liturgists would retain the old custom of the blessing of candles on February 2nd. Or do you even know what I’m talking about?

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The Armchair Liturgist: Blessing Throats

Tomorrow is the traditional observance for those strange-looking double candles. Our parish has a Saturday morning Mass and our “Sunday” observance at 4PM. How would you handle blessing throats? Door number 1: It’s a silly superstition; let the real sick … Continue reading

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Unitatis Redintegratio 22

The third cause for hope is in Baptism, the commencement of the sacramental life: Whenever the Sacrament of Baptism is duly administered as Our Lord instituted it, and is received with the right dispositions, a person is truly incorporated into the … Continue reading

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I think I coined the term, but the concept I picked up from Tom Conry in 1989. Conry suggested that every Scripture reading can be boiled down to one of two: the Creation or the Exodus. He’d have to stop … Continue reading

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