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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