Monthly Archives: March 2008

Motumania: Finding The Sin In Others

I don’t know if reading Father Z’s blog constitutes a guilty pleasure or not. It is amusing to see the TLM linked to homosexuality. In some sort of reverse, mind you. I often wonder what it is that critics of … Continue reading

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Beautiful Baroque

The producers of WFIU’s Harmonia, one of the foremost early music programs in radio, have compiled a recording of wedding selections, Beautiful Baroque. Interested engaged couples and church musicians can also download the period-instrument performances and bypass the cd route … Continue reading

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Communion on Good Friday

The Concord Pastor comments on Good Friday, and wonders about the distribution of the Eucharist on that day. I’m aware the entrenched recent practice is not the oldest of the Christian traditions. I’d welcome an opportunity to theologize on the … Continue reading

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IRC 4: The Confirmation Liturgy in the Parish

Confirmation in the parish is usually an exclusive celebration. In many places, the bishop insists on a merging of parishes. Sometimes that resulting liturgy is at the cathedral, at one of the large parishes, or even at a local high … Continue reading

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That’s Papal Entertainment!

CNS features the line-up of performers for the pope’s visit to the New York area on April 20th. Kelly Clarkson will headline a four-hour event at St Joseph Seminary in Yonkers. Stig Edgren is in charge of the music outside … Continue reading

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IRC 3: The Role of the People of God

The next six sections of the IRC detail the “office and ministries” in the sacramental celebration. “The people of God” are fingered first: 3. One of the highest responsibilities of the people of God is to prepare the baptized for … Continue reading

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Easter Hymnody: Let the Holy Anthem Rise

Jimmy Mac send me his favorite Easter hymn, and it occurred to me we haven’t done a musical feature here in some time. We have fifty days’ worth of hymnody to explore, so suggest your own favorites (by combox or … Continue reading

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IRC 1-2: Dignity of Confirmation

The nineteen sections of the Confirmation Rite’s introduction give us a reminder of the importance of the sacrament in the life of the Church: 1. Those who have been baptized continue on the path of Christian initiation through the sacrament … Continue reading

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Upcoming Liturgy Action

As promised a few months ago, we’ll continue our examination of the first stage of rites prepared by the CDWDS and translated by ICEL in the 1970’s. We’ll skip the rites that were fortunate to see a revision in the … Continue reading

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Looking Out

The life of our pets features some curious interactions. The dog is permitted outdoor activity, and the cats, especially Splinter, keep a close watch over this. Our white cat will often cry at the kitchen door when Ellie is ready … Continue reading

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

If the media is reporting it here, and here, can it be true? CNS News Hub finds the error. I don’t even follow the team, but I know the Nats are on the road the week the pope is in … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Genesis 24:48-51, 58-67

Abraham is old and widowed. He entrusts a servant to arrange a marriage for his son. Just two chapters after the interrupted sacrifice of Isaac (Imagine the family baggage in that clan!) the rare wedding Mass is treated to a highly edited version … Continue reading

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Enceladus Images & Results

The Cassini site has this image of the moon from the north looking south: The objective of the most recent fly-by was less the images and more the “tasting” of the ice plumes and their chemical analysis. Cassini was speeding … Continue reading

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The Papal Example In America

The hand-wringing continues over the musical choices for the Pope2008 liturgy in Washington next month. The commentariat seems to have gotten over their Marty Haugen fervor, turning the vicious pen to the “dumbed down songs,” the “liar and a thief” … Continue reading

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Annunciation Dedication

On Monday Bishop Frank Dewane will dedicate the oratory at Ave Maria University. The construction phase: The first proposal, something of a liturgical greenhouse (Trust me; liturgical progressives don’t build in glass on that scale. It is so square.)  has … Continue reading

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