Monthly Archives: January 2008

RBC 27-28: Adaptations by the Minister

Subheading VI details adaptations by the minister. These entail a careful look at two things: the preparation meetings (note the rite presumes more than one–a rarity, I’d say) and how to handle infant or young child baptism amidst the complexities … Continue reading

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Post #4000

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the loyal, occasional, and unknown readers of our blog. Neil in particular, I value for his astute and learned contributions. The world has millions of blogs, and I suspect a relative few … Continue reading

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RBC 23-26: Episcopal Adaptations

Subheading V covers “Adaptations by Conferences of Bishops or by Bishops” 23. In addition to the adaptations provided for in the General Introduction (nos. 30-33), the baptismal rite for infants admits other variations, to be determined by the conferences of … Continue reading

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Benedict’s Two Great Tasks

Many of the world’s Christians are observing a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Except for Neil, I’ve not seen much interest in it among Catholic bloggers. Pope Benedict’s brief address at an audience today, while not touching on it … Continue reading

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Day 4 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2008

(This is Neil) Last year, Finland commemorated the four hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the death of the theologian Mikael Agricola, whose translation of the Bible had an immense impact on Finnish language and literature. This occasion emphasized anew the … Continue reading

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RBC 20-22: Shorter Rite

When a catechist or other episcopal appointee baptizes, much of the ritual remains in place up to the washing: 20. In the shorter rite of baptism designed for the use of catechists, [See SC 68.] the reception of the children, … Continue reading

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Day 3 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2008

(This is Neil.) Day 3 Pray without ceasing for the conversion of hearts Admonish the idlers, encourage the faint-hearted (1Thess 5 :14) Jonah 3:1-10 The repentance of Nineveh Psalm 51:8-15 Create a pure heart in me 1 Thessalonians 5: (12a)13b-18 … Continue reading

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Ice and Fire

It goes back to last year, and it was posted a few months ago, but I thought this New Horizons image of icy Europa (with the sub-surface global ocean) and Io (with the numerous active volcanoes) was a nice, serene … Continue reading

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New Coins

An interesting video on America’s new coinage system.

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Day 2 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2008

(This is Neil) “It is indeed necessary to pray without ceasing, insistently asking God for the great gift of unity among all the Lord’s disciples. “May the endless strength of the Holy Spirit move us to a sincere commitment to … Continue reading

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Pines of Rome

It was a good time at the symphony last night. Before we left the house, Anita asked for a rundown of the program. When I mentioned The Pines of Rome she said, “I’ve heard you play that.” “Indeed you have,” … Continue reading

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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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