Monthly Archives: September 2007

GILH 29: Mandate 2

Requirements, with priorities: 29. Hence bishops, priests, and other sacred ministers, who have received from the Church the mandate to celebrate the liturgy of the hours (see no. 17), should recite the full sequence of hours each day, observing as … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Services

Liam raises a good point in the combox on Neil’s post “On Participation and Peripherality.” It might be rather apt this year as we Romans experience a very early Easter. Our pastor requests early-in-the-season reconciliation services for the school children, … Continue reading

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Sorting Out Blogs, News Sources, and Catholics

I noticed an interesting and lively discussion on Vox Nova sparked by faint praise for an update of the Kathy Saile story at CWN. I’d say we can think well of the many consciences pricked by unjust accusations. St Blog’s … Continue reading

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GILH 28: Mandate to Celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours

Sadly, the decision to celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours comes down to the question: what is required? In the sub-chapter, “Mandate to Celebrate the Liturgy of the Hours,” we read: 28. Sacred ministers have the liturgy of the hours … Continue reading

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Reading/Translating a Homily

Zenit’s Fr Edward McNamara can’t get comfortable with a layperson reading a vernacular-unfamiliar priest’s homily: While I know of no official document forbidding it, I still maintain that having a layperson read the whole homily in lieu of the priest … Continue reading

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Title Disconnect

Every so often, the people at the Zenit News Service slap up a headline that just inspires a headscratch. Take this story, for example, introduced by “Church in Central Africa Fights Witchcraft,” but first sentence in, we read it’s not … Continue reading

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GILH 25-27: Lay People

These sections of GILH might be of interest to lay ecclesial ministers and others: 25. Even when having no obligation to communal celebration, all sacred ministers and all clerics living in a community or meeting together should arrange to say … Continue reading

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Fifty and Done?

Will we Americans get a fifty-first state, do you think? We’ve already gone the longest period in US history without adding a new one. Anita picked up a map reproduction several months ago and it was only recently that I … Continue reading

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On Participation and Peripherality: A Liturgical Problem?

(This is Neil.) I’ve been reading with interest Todd’s post on Participation Peripheral and the comments that have followed. I’m not capable of properly interpreting the linked Guidelines for Liturgical Services According to the 1962 Missale Romanum. But the discussion … Continue reading

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Just The Facts

In the thread begun by my criticism of bloggers and commentariats calling for Kathy Saile’s job, Jeff posted: CWN never, ever asserted that Ms. Saile is pro-abortion. It merely reported the facts: I would say that reporting facts is … Continue reading

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GILH 24: Religious Communities

Regarding the religious, they serve as a “fuller sign” of the Church at worship, participating in the prayer of Christ. Is prayer alone a valid apostolate? Church tradition has long held it to be so, especially those who embrace the … Continue reading

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National Cathedral

I heard some of this piece on NPR this morning while getting ready for church. Any readers in the audience who’ve ever visited it? Any thoughts on having an Episcopal Cathedral as our “national” one? Fairly significant music ministry, don’t … Continue reading

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GILH 23: Responsibility of Clergy

Clergy have been required to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. The General Instruction appeals to no less than four conciliar documents to reinforce why the clergy should lead their people in praying, especially the Liturgy of the Hours: 23. … Continue reading

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Participation Peripheral

NLM links a short guide on singing the 1962 Mass. Pew people, your participation is optional, wholly peripheral, and probably not wanted very much even if you were inclined to follow the square notes. And they say this is progress? … Continue reading

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Ursa Minor: Magnitude Guide

The constellation Ursa Minor (Little Bear for those who prefer the vernacular) contains Polaris, the star which will point you north–if you have a mostly cloudless night. It also contains a helpful guidepost for judging the magnitudes of other stars … Continue reading

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