Daily Archives: 18 January 2008

RBC 18-19: Rites of Baptism, Conclusion

Getting to the Baptism ritual itself: 18. In the celebration of the sacrament: The immediate preparation consists of: the solemn prayer of the celebrant, which, by invoking God and recalling his plan of salvation, blesses the water of baptism or … Continue reading

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Night at the Symphony

I’ve been looking forward to this concert for months: Fri, 1/18/2008 8:00 PM Lyric Theatre Michael Stern, conductor Joshua Bell, violin REVUELTAS La Noche de los Mayas (The Night of the Mayas)CORIGLIANO The Red Violin: Chaconne for Violin and OrchestraCHAUSSON … Continue reading

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Making the Rough Ways Smooth

Regarding the old missal Good Friday prayers for Jews, Rock shares the news that Pope Benedict will authorize offensive passages to be removed. Now if the Holy Father can think of a way to do the same for an eighteen-year-old … Continue reading

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Day 1 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2008

(This is Neil.) Like last year (and the year before), I would like to share each day’s biblical reflections and prayers with you. They can be found on the Vatican’s website here, and, in PDF form, on the World Council … Continue reading

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Planets In Film Noir Style

First, we have Saturn imaged through the infrared (redder than red) that brings out details that the human eye cannot detect. Note the gossamer rings, and their dark shadow. Note also the contrast between the bright (and warmer) south, just … Continue reading

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Today begins the centennial observance, an event tied to today’s Anglican and Lutheran feast of the Confession of Peter and concluding with next Friday’s feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. I’m sure Neil will have some good offerings for … Continue reading

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Anthony of Egypt

Before Francis, there was Anthony. He was a Desert Father, and shows the saintly tradition of caring for animals goes back centuries before the simple friar from Assisi. This piece from Zenit yesterday: Today, the liturgical feast of St. Anthony … Continue reading

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RBC 15-17: The Full Rite, Reception, and Word

With the following sections, the RBC Introduction looks at the rite itself. Ordinarily, the whole rite is celebrated; no shortcuts: 15. Baptism, whether for one child, or for several, or even for a larger number, should be celebrated by the … Continue reading

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