Monthly Archives: August 2007

Watch Where You’re Going On Arsia Mons

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s HiRISE instrument has captured another image of those mysterious caves on Mars. When you catch one of these at high noon, you won’t get too much perspective, just a dark hole in a bright landscape. In … Continue reading

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Catholic High Schools: Known For Athletics

 Wednesday’s CNS news briefs picked up this note: Nine Catholic high schools are in USA Today’s “Super 25″ rankings — including four in the top 10. The rankings were published in the newspaper’s Aug. 22 issue. St. Xavier High School … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Marriage Rite 30-32: Liturgy of the Eucharist

Not much in quantity is offered in the Rite’s notes on the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Those numbers referenced are part of the extensive appendix to the Rite of Marriage which provides readings, prayers, and various options. 30. The Order … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Labor Day

I know we’ve talked about this before, but how would you handle Monday’s holiday liturgically? How much mention in the homily, the prayers, or the concluding song? What do you do on Labor Day itself? Or do you just celebrate … Continue reading

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God and Evolution: A New Solution?

(This is Neil.) As you might guess from my recent silence on the blog, I’ve been rather busy. I do want to eventually return to earlier discussions, particularly on late medieval liturgy and discernment, but those posts, alas, will have … Continue reading

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Bertone on Liturgy

It wasn’t a speaking gig, but a letter to the 58th Italian National Liturgical Week. Zenit has a brief story on Cardinal Bertone’s piece, but here’s a snippet in case you don’t want to engage the link: “For every Christian … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Devotions at Mass

If you’ve visited Zenit’s liturgy Q&A this week, hold your post. But if you haven’t, what would you say if somebody suggested your parish do the Divine Mercy Chaplet (or some other devotion) during Mass. Would it change your answer … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Marriage Rite 27-29: Rings and Intercessions

  After the exchange of vows or consent, the priest blesses the rings and facilitates their exchange: 27. Priest:     May the Lord bless + these rings which you give to each other as the sign of your love … Continue reading

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How To Water The Planets

One way, anyway. An astrophysicist from my alma mater, researching on the Spitzer Space Telescope, has found that ice particles are impacting on a disk of dust circling the star NCG 1333-IRAS 4B. “For the first time, we are seeing … Continue reading

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Gasp! Lay People Giving the Homily

Oh. It’s okay. They were asking for money. Vox Nova enters the realm of liturgy when one of its contributors posts that he and his wife gave a homily at parish Masses this past weekend. I see the comments have … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Marriage Rite 25-26: Consent

The next two sections outline how the couple is to publicly consent to marriage, through either a stated intention by a ritual formula, or by a response to a single (but long) question offered by the priest:   25. The … Continue reading

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Runs Count, Not Hits

Anytime in the past several years, the Royals would’ve lost a game–and lost it big–in which they were outhit 16-6. Heck, how many times does a team outhit by ten win by three? On the other hand, local sports fans … Continue reading

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Motumania: Calendar, Latin, and Catfight

A friend forwarded a few letters from the Tablet. One read: Correspondents have expressed differing views as to whether the pre-conciliar rite was abrogated, but surely there can be no disagreement that the pre-conciliar Ordo and Calendar ceased to exist … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Marriage Rite 23-24

The Rite puts most of its substance into the marriage rituals themselves. After the homily, the priest is instructed to give a brief address: RITE OF MARRIAGE 23. All stand, including the bride and bridegroom, and the priest addresses them … Continue reading

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Wedding Mass Liturgy of the Word RM 21-22

The particular directives for the Liturgy of the Word are brief: 21. The liturgy of the word is celebrated according to the rubrics. There may be three readings, the first of them from the Old Testament.         … Continue reading

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