Monthly Archives: June 2010

William Mahrt On The Hours

I took some time to listen to Professor Mahrt’s piece on Praying and Singing the Divine Office which Jeffrey Tucker posted on Chant Café today along with other recordings of music and talk from the CMAA Colloquium. Charles suggested a more positive approach … Continue reading

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OCF 28-29: Prayers and Intercessions

Aside from the readings and music, there are prayers at the funeral rites to which we give voice. The next two sections treat those of the priest/presider (28) and those of the faithful (29): 28. In the presidential prayers of … Continue reading

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More Adventures with Hermeneutics

The blogging right tries to pin blame for Catholic Eurodecline on Cardinal Danneels: At the center of this story is retired Archbishop Godfried Danneels. He is a classic post-Vatican II liberal, someone who had the relative sympathy of the secular … Continue reading

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CMAA Adventures

Just a few points from my friends in the CMAA. First, they’ve completed their twentieth Colloquium, so good work on a good week of renewal with the music they love. On the other hand, I’m trying to discern what Jeffrey … Continue reading

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A Nod and Smile Moment?

The Schönborn/Sodano dust-up got some “clarification” from the top. This is just so interesting and snark-friendly on so many levels, I can’t resist. Rock and a few commentators noted that while Cardinal Schönborn may have been “slapped,” the Austrian archbishop … Continue reading

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Take Up Your Cross

This past Sunday, we programmed “Take Up Your Cross,” a 19th century text by Charles W. Everest set in Gather Comprehensive to the tune O WALY WALY. I was careful to listen for the people singing in the pews, and … Continue reading

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OCF 27: Homily

How to balance the modern urge to eulogize, but yet honor the nature of the liturgy? 27. A brief homily based on the readings is always given after the gospel reading at the funeral liturgy and may also be given … Continue reading

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On Saint Expeditus

The pastor preaches this past weekend, starting with an obscure saint, moving to the notion of discipleship and what that might mean for a serious believer. Not that we’re all going to suddenly leave families and let the dead bury … Continue reading

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The young miss and I tracked the International  Space Station tonight. It appeared in the west and scooted in a four-minute arc across the sky before disappearing in the northeast. You can check out this page to find times when … Continue reading

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Perpetual War

I can’t say I was terribly excited by the news this past week of generals misbehaving. Like the military leaders of the Great War, the military leaders of the so-called war on terror are wholly unprepared for the advances in … Continue reading

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A Fancy Toilet

Has anybody found any of the new quarters in pocket change yet? With the economy in the tank, coin production continues to slip downward. I’ve only found two, and had to pass one on to the young miss. I like … Continue reading

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OCF 25-26: Psalms

Why psalms? 25. The psalms are rich in imagery, feeling, and symbolism. They powerfully express the suffering and pain, the hope and trust of people of every age and culture. Above all the psalms sing of faith in God, of … Continue reading

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It’s a Moon

But which one? Last Friday friends had us out to their farm for some potluck salads and fish tacos. Between us and their other friends, we had four telescopes out behind the silos and the potato garden. The weather had … Continue reading

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Oil Containers

I’ve blogged about my parish’s ambry before, but I don’t think I’ve ever show you the close-ups of the oil vessels. They look rather smudgy. I took these images from my cell phone early in Holy Week before they were … Continue reading

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iPad on the Altar

Can Apple provide that with gold plating? Word is that when the new translation is out there will no longer be “sacramentaries” and “lectionaries”—just the Roman Missal. I thought that the convenience of separate books would win out, but perhaps … Continue reading

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