Monthly Archives: September 2007

GILH 38: Morning Prayer

St Basil indeed makes an outstanding case for prayer at the commencement of the day: 38. As is clear from many of the elements that make it up, morning prayer is intended and arranged to sanctify the morning. St. Basil … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon With the Symphony

The three of us enjoyed an afternoon of music, food, togetherness, and a miscommunication. I had been hoping for an improvement on the liturgical morning when we had a sacristan not show up for one Mass, a surprise extra plug … Continue reading

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GILH 37: The Two Hinges

Part II of Chapter II covers the “two hinges,” Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer: 37. “By the venerable tradition of the universal Church, lauds as morning prayer and vespers as evening prayer are the two hinges on which the daily … Continue reading

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Music in God’s World?

(This is Neil.) The September/October issue of Books and Culture has a very interesting short article by the Anglican theologian and musician Jeremy Begbie about “Music in God’s World.” Begbie has a forthcoming book on this topic that we should … Continue reading

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Angel Day

Archangel, to be precise. The Roman calendar celebrates three mysterious beings today, but the one I always focus on is Raphael, the healer. It helps that he features prominently in my favorite book of the Bible. Raphael, knowledgeable about strange … Continue reading

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GILH 34-36: Introduction to the Whole Office

With this post we commence Chapter II: Sanctification of the Day: The Different Liturgical Hours. This chapter will take us up to section 99 and give readers a brief overview of the hinges of Morning and Evening Prayer, the Office … Continue reading

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More Careerism

Rock reports with Philadelphia pride of the appointment of his archbishop to the Congregation for Bishops. Is this good news? Or will it be an affirmation of careerism in the episcopacy? I found Cardinal Rigali’s biography page of interest. Philadelphia … Continue reading

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Unity With Effort

Via Zenit, Pope Benedict on unity among Catholics: Even collaboration between Catholics is not always easy; it is normal for different sensitivities to emerge, given the diversity of the respective traditions. But how can we not consider it a providential … Continue reading

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Shelf and Screen: Progress and Redemption

Over the past two years, I’ve enjoyed a handful of first novels in the sf/fantasy genre. One of last year’s enjoyable reads was from Tobias Buckell, so I was heading into his second novel, Ragamuffin, with some excitement. The title … Continue reading

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GILH 33: Structure of the Celebration

As we wrap up chapter I, we read of a few considerations of the Structure of the Celebration: 33. The structure of the liturgy of the hours follows laws of its own and incorporates in its own way elements found … Continue reading

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Round Earth?

I certainly don’t think someone’s articulation of faith is something to be ridiculed. Talk show host Sherri Shepherd acquits herself sincerely and succinctly when she expresses her grounding in faith in response to a question about evolution. Check this video. … Continue reading

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Delta Dawn

A Delta II rocket carries the Dawn asteroid probe into space this morning. There is a web page up and running to give us news from the probe as it is relayed back to Earth. We’ll get a much sharper … Continue reading

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GILH 30-32: Mandate 3

Let’s wrap up the GILH’s approach to requirement: 30. It is most fitting that permanent deacons recite daily at least some part of the liturgy of the hours, to be determined by the conference of bishops. [See Paul VI, Motu … Continue reading

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Circle The Wagons, Men

An episcopal hymn full of female images has the men leaping for the bunkers in the battle of the sexes again. Bill suggests it’s driving men from religion, but have we anything other than anecdotal evidence suggesting this is true? … Continue reading

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Selected Myths About RCIA

Over the past several days, I’ve read a few posts on blogdom, heard a few pastor horror stories from real life, been thinking about upcoming happenings in my parish. So I’ll pass on to you a liturgist’s thoughts on RCIA, … Continue reading

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