Monthly Archives: December 2007

To “Keep and Ponder”

(This is Neil.) Let me wish all of our readers (and Todd) a blessed New Year’s. I would also like to contribute one more post in 2007 (the long promised posts on the medieval Eucharist will appear in January). During … Continue reading

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Mars Collision Update: 4%

I had read last week that chance of 2007 WD 5 hitting Mars had been ruled out. Apparently not, as astronomers have found images of the 164-ft asteroid in image archives and now say there’s a one in twenty-five chance … Continue reading

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RP 45, 85-92: Prayer of the Penitent

PRAYER OF THE PENITENT 45. The priest then asks the penitent to express his sorrow, which the penitent may do in these or similar words: My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to … Continue reading

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One Fruit of Trent: Calendar Reform

I saw this post in Intentional Disciples on the Gregorian Calendar reform. Resolving the disconnect between the Julian Calendar and the astronomical reality was one of the fruits of the Council of Trent. I suppose we could see how many … Continue reading

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The Hermeneutic of Obstruction: Roots In Fear

The usual suspects are fisking the NCR liturgy editorial which takes aim at the hermeneutic of obstruction. I think Fr Fox and others have missed the editorial’s point. NCR is concerned with a bigger picture, not just the conciliar theology … Continue reading

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RP 44: Confession

Form I continues with “CONFESSION OF SINS AND ACCEPTANCE OF SATISFACTION” 44. Where it is the custom, the penitent says a general formula for confession (for example, I confess to almighty God … ) before (she or) he confesses (her … Continue reading

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Taking Care With Creches

Thom at Ad Donimum provides some advice for … er, next year: When sprinkling with Holy Water, please take due care to not sprinkle the bulb of the wee spotlight that shines on the Nativity in the Sanctuary. The bulb … Continue reading

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Trappist Caskets

One of our neighborhood funeral directors and I were chatting after one of our many recent funerals about New Melleray caskets. I said I wanted a simple pine one. If you follow the link, you’ll see the monks have fancier … Continue reading

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RP 43, 72-83, 101-201: Scripture

The Rite of Penance indicates that for Form I, the Scripture reading is optional but it gives no less than 113 recommendations before instructing that even other choices may be made, even with the collaboration of the penitent:   43. … Continue reading

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Cathedrals of California

My friend Eric began a project a few months ago, Cathedrals of California, and it includes some remarkable photography from his collaborator, Francesco Curá. As I was cleaning up e-mails this morning, I found his missive, sadly neglected (sorry, Eric!) … Continue reading

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RP 41-42, 67-71: Form I, Reception of the Penitent

I thought we’d look at the various rites of Penance in detail. I don’t think the options are as deeply plumbed as they are in Marriage, so there may be a surprise or two for penitent, confessor, or liturgist. The … Continue reading

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Harry Forbes Defends, Plus Compass Fallout

The Catholic News Hub links to the Diocese of Bridgeport’s piece on the USCCB reviewer whom many Catholics felt was not foam-mouthed enough about that movie. Forbes is right on many points, including one: many of his attackers did not … Continue reading

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Schedule on the Cusp

That’s the liturgical cusp between Advent and Christmas. Concord Pastor comments on his ten liturgies in sixty-seven hours. Many musicians and liturgists had no less a demanding time the past few days. My organist, Elisabeth had five Advent Masses on … Continue reading

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Mars-Crosser Will Miss

A thirty-thousand mile miss is the concensus from astronomers now. Last week, 2007WD5 was given a three percent chance of hitting Mars and digging out a crater about as big as this Arizona one on the left. Whenever a rock … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Lay Gestures During Mass

I see Zenit’s liturgy guru, Father Edward McNamara, has responded to a question about gestures: For example, during Eucharistic Prayer 1, I bow my head at the words “Almighty God, we pray that your angel may take this sacrifice to … Continue reading

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