Infant Baptism, Weddings, Future Liturgy Series

Just an update on liturgical matters around here. Over the next few weeks, I’ll post on each of the wedding readings, with Neil’s help on 1 Corinthians 13, and hopefully a bit more.

We’ll look at the rituals of infant baptism to complement our completion of the introduction to the rite.

Fairly soon, we’ll start looking at the Directory for Masses with Children. We’ll run that series alongside wedding readings and baptismal rituals. Not sure if I’ll bother with the Eucharistic Prayers for Masses with Children. What do the readers think?

Beyond that, you can expect similar treatment of other rites and liturgical documents as we progress through 2008. I’ll likely save OCF (The Order of Christian Funerals), RCIA (including the introduction on Christian Initiation referenced in the RBC), and the Pastoral Care of the Sick (Anointing and Viaticum) until after we’ve digested Confirmation, Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction (REEB), Dedication of a Church,  and the other rites of the 70’s that have yet to see a second English edition.

Why wait? OCF, RCIA, and PCS were all second-generation documents, carefully prepared by ICEL to replace the earlier and more roughly translated and prepared rites of the 70’s. As such, I would consider them the apex of the Liturgical Movement. They have proven successful above their first-edition formats and have far outstripped pre-conciliar rituals and pastoral practice in those areas.

I will be using them as a basis for a sharp critique of the Extraordinary Form, as well as examining them for their own merits in the areas of Christian initiation, death, and pastoral care.

Any important documents any reader thinks we shouldn’t miss?

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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3 Responses to Infant Baptism, Weddings, Future Liturgy Series

  1. DavAnnb says:

    Thanks for these great discussions of the ritual books.

    The Eucharistic Prayers with Children are mostly interesting because of their unusual structure with acclamations and in that regard it might be worth it to go over those documents. However, I don’t think skipping them would be big loss to the overall discussion.

  2. Todd says:

    I’ve come full circle on the EP’s with regard to the acclamations. I used to think of them as a link to the more dialogic EP’s of old, but the more I’ve been exposed to them in use with Masses with children, the more I doubt their fruitfulness.

  3. DavAnnb says:

    I personally do not feel that the acclamations in the Children’s prayers are helpful. They may serve to involve the children more, but given that there are no other similar case of acclamations in the current Roman Rite, I don’t think they help the children learn to participate in the liturgy.

    I tend to think the time spent teaching the acclamations would be better spent on practicing parts of the liturgy that are common to everyone. Like perhaps learning the chant/sung dialog responses for mass (the dialog at the start of the preface in particular).

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