Daily Archives: 4 April 2009

RCIA 19-21: The Rites of Lent

Lent marks the final stage of the catechumenate. This is where the bishop and godparents emerge from … the woodwork, say, and get cracking with their public witness. 19. The rite of election or enrollment of names (RCIA nos. 118-137) … Continue reading

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Linz Lubrication

Father Z and his commentariat are on tilt over some meal at some Catholic parish in Austria that includes some ritual prayer. More pictures here. The priest is wearing an alb and stole, which a traditionalist might do for some … Continue reading

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Tall Strips

The challenge with a big church is finding a certain quantity of decoration that adds to the environment without being a distraction. I’ve never toured the grand sacred architectural sights of Europe, but I’m both envious and doubtful of Michelangelo’s … Continue reading

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ND and the Prez: Thumbs Up or Down?

Frequent commenter John Heavrin asked me: (D)o you think it’s a good idea, or a bad idea, for Notre Dame to honor Obama? I’m not one-hundred percent sure. This is a pretty tangled situation. Universities invite a main speaker for … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Bad Weather Palms

Let’s say you have the good liturgical practice of processing with palms outside. (I’ve often thought what it would be like for Christians in a town to pool congregations and observe the opening rituals together, splitting up to process to one … Continue reading

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