Monthly Archives: May 2009


For the origin of Jewish Pentecost, consult the Torah here. The festival fifty days after Passover was a dedication of the first fruits of the agricultural activity of the ancient Israelites. (No wonder the claim the discples had drunk too … Continue reading

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Judicial Activism

When Republicans utter this term as an epithet against Judge Sotomayor, maybe they really mean “activism against our own preferences.” Consider the percentage of votes to strike down congressional legislation by 1991-2005 SCOTUS justices: Justice Thomas 65, Justice Kennedy 64, … Continue reading

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Flirting With Disenfranchisement

A reader asked how I would deal with the following situation of a new music director expanding the liturgical music repertoire: “As I am sure you can read between the lines, I have become very frustrated with the situation (in … Continue reading

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RCIA 65-66: Intercessions for/Prayer over the Catechumens

After the optional presentation of a gospel book, a bible, or a cross, the rite moves to its conclusion. 65. Then the sponsors and the whole congregation join in the following or a similar formulary of intercession for the catechumens. … Continue reading

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Apology for an Anthem

Crunchy con Rod Dreher and his Texas confreres don’t get to many hockey games, do they? Richardson (Texas) school district officials issued an apology this week, after receiving complaints that a choir sang the Mexican national anthem at a school … Continue reading

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RCIA 61-64: Liturgy of the Word

Did you know that there are assigned Lectionary readings for the Rite of Acceptance? They are not used too often, but liturgical tradition would seem to indicate they could be used when the Rite of Acceptance takes place on a … Continue reading

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A Wedding Music Compass 2.0: Expectations of Wedding Musicians

As promised in the last post, I’ll give you some tips on wedding musicians today: what you can expect, how you should conduct yourself, what to ask. Stuff like that. As always, this advice is lensed through my experiences as … Continue reading

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