Monthly Archives: July 2010

More MR3 in the Lab

With some helpful input from Liam, I’ve adjusted the awkward spots in the first stanza and felt emboldened to┬áprogress to the second: I mentioned Wednesday that I wasn’t happy with the prospect of setting the five acclamations in stanza 2 … Continue reading

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“No parish is safe”

The Apostolic Signatura affirms the closing of parishes by a bishop. From CNS’s English translation of the May ruling: (Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston) considered not only the condition of the parish, the focus of this case, but in … Continue reading

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The Face on Mars

Remember that Martian face imaged from space by the Viking Orbiter back in 1976? A number of orbiters have imaged this plateau over the past decade. Check out these new perspectives at this post on Universe Today. It includes an … Continue reading

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MR3 in the Musical Laboratory

My friends and a few students have asked me if I’ll be composing a Mass setting to the new texts of the Roman Missal. I’ve actually felt a bit inspired to work on it the past few days. I reworked … Continue reading

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Another Unofficial Memorial Acclamation

I blogged on “Keep In Mind” a few months ago, once the unofficial “fifth” memorial acclamation. I think you know Marty Haugen’s “We Remember” was designed as a memorial acclamation. The Gather hymnals list that refrain in their section on … Continue reading

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OCF 52-53: Gentle Accompaniment and Reconciliation

How does liturgy become pastoral ministry? This introduction to the vigil and related rites often give some clue to the student of liturgy, or to the neophyte minister as to how to proceed. 52. The time immediately following death is … Continue reading

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Need a Liturgical Blessing for your Arthritis?

This Sunday’s your day, courtesy of the Redemptorists. Father Thomas Picton, superior of the Denver province: We hope this is the beginning of an annual tradition that brings people to our churches to ask for the blessing and intercession of … Continue reading

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OCF 51: Between Death and the Funeral Liturgy

One thing you will not find in the Church’s liturgy is the rosary during a wake. There can be a lot of misunderstanding about this. The rosary is ritual, to be sure. But it is not part of the funeral … Continue reading

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Kissing the Ring

One commentator at this Universe Today post on Prometheus, moon of Saturn, sees this as a “kiss,” the interaction of the F Ring and the moon Prometheus Look at recent smooches: Eye candy credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute Prometheus also clumps … Continue reading

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Another Oz Bishop: “I am truly sorry”

Wollongong is closer (about an hour’s drive south) to Sydney than Melbourne, and now their bishop has offered a public apology. From the local press there: I offer my sincere apology to those who have suffered abuse at the hands … Continue reading

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Finding One’s Way Through Rites and Documents

When I was gathering undergrad credits in religion to matriculate as a Master’s Degree student, I took four courses in the summer of 1984 at the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy. In one, “Rites and Recent Documents,” music … Continue reading

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OCF 50: Part I, Funeral Rites

Let’s begin a close examination of Part I of the OCF. This section introduces the part: 50. Part I of the Order of Christian Funerals is divided into three groups of rites that correspond in general to the three principal … Continue reading

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Recording Contracts: Such a Big Deal?

Chant Cafe noted the latest group of Benedictine religious being coopted by Big Music. Yet another record company horns in on the Gregorian chant/religious music┬áspecialty market. Pardon my cynicism about the whole notion of a “record contract,” but this is … Continue reading

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OCF 49: Other Texts

The OCF contains three other “Parts,” as we read in the last paragraph of the General Introduction. Remember that all of our posts so far have covered this General Introduction, which is to the Funeral Rites what the GIRM is … Continue reading

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Outing Sexual Activity in the Clergy

One of the CNS headlines yesterday featured the conservative Italian publication Panorama poking into Rome’s gay night clubs and the response from the diocese of Rome. The Italian Right is seen as unfriendly to the Church, as the aim of … Continue reading

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