Monthly Archives: February 2009

GICI 18-21: The Waters of Baptism

These sections give guidance on the water used for baptism. The image I’m using for this category, RCIA, is from my own parish, an adult baptism from a few years ago. The Church doesn’t say a whole lot about the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Holy Thursday Adoration

I know that other Holy Thursday issues get all the attention in the blogosphere among the hyperscrupulous, but have a look over the rubrics new and old for the day. What are your parish traditions regarding the period of adoration … Continue reading

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Apology: Enough Or Not Enough?

Catholic and other news outlets report on the SSPX bishop, Richard Williamson, apologizing after his expulsion from Argentina. It’s hard to consider the likely sincerity with the sound bytes given in the media. The full text is here. The man … Continue reading

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GICI 15-17: Laypersons and Baptism

These three sections outline the lay ministries of baptism. GICI is pragmatic in suggesting that clergy alone can’t handle large numbers of baptisms. I suppose that covers two possible contingencies: large numbers of baptisms at once (such as at the … Continue reading

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On Heroes

I noticed Archbishop Chaput concerned about people finding a messiah in an American president. Interesting that young Catholics thought they had found a “messiah” of sorts here: Not too much concern from the American bishops over the past thirty years … Continue reading

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Chumming with the Moon

Even if you don’t have a telescope or binoculars, or even a dark rural sky, take advantage of the monthly line-of-sight encounters between the Earth’s moon and the sun’s planets. If you’re not getting slammed by snow this weekend, Venus … Continue reading

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Show, Don’t Tell

It’s a principle of good writing: show the readers what is going on. Don’t tell them. Overheard in church the other day: “Please stand.” Very often, the same principle can be applied to good liturgy. Show people what to do; … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Anathem

Science Fiction fans and critics love Neal Stephenson. His recent novels are expansive, epic, and bold. The premise of his latest, Anathem, caught my attention four weeks ago. What if monasteries existed not for religious people, but for scientists and … Continue reading

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Ashes and Protestants

I saw this quick piece on Nashville Bishop David Choby’s visit to a Protestant university. Nice. Not surprising that reformation churches would latch on to this tradition. Not surprising at all. Check out Bishop Choby on video. When I was … Continue reading

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Ranjith on Reform2

Jimmy Mac sent this link on Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith’s foreword in a new book on liturgy. He added his own title, “They just won’t give up.” No, I don’t think they will. Archbishop Ranjith doesn’t have a very good grasp … Continue reading

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Napier On Translations

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Archbishop of Durban, South Africa, member of ICEL’s episcopal board, wades into the liturgy mess he authorized this past Advent in his country. In his opinion piece, he offers an impassioned defense of recent Vatican documentation on … Continue reading

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GICI 13-14: Priests, Deacons, and Baptism

The General Introduction distinguishes between parish priests who have the responsibility of pastor, and priests and deacons who do not. 13. It is the duty of parish priests (pastors) to assist the bishop in the instruction and baptism of the … Continue reading

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Snacking on the Word: 2 Corinthians 5:20a

Excellent homily here from the pastor at the noon Mass. He touched on the three pillars briefly, but zeroed in on the passage from 2 Corinthians, especially this: So we are ambassadors for Christ, as if God were appealing through … Continue reading

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Victory Over Death: More Merton on Ash Wednesday

The cross, with which the ashes are traced upon us, is the sign of Christ’s victory over death. The words, “Remember that thou art dust and that to dust thou shall return” are not to be taken as the quasi-form … Continue reading

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Misereris Omnium: Thomas Merton on Ash Wednesday

(This is Neil) The following excerpt is from Merton’s short article, “Ash Wednesday,” which appeared in Worship in 1959. (If I remember correctly, it was later reprinted in Seasons of Celebration [1965].)   It is necessary that at the beginning … Continue reading

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