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Monthly Archives: September 2010
Let’s have a brief chat about music during the Reception Rites, shall we? 135. To draw the community together in prayer at the beginning of the funeral liturgy, the procession should be accompanied, wherever possible, by the singing of the … Continue reading
Enjoying a lazy afternoon on the bed.
The placing of a Christian symbol on the coffin is optional, but if done, OCF 134 has a brief instruction on it: 134. If in this rite a symbol of the Christian life is to be placed on the coffin, … Continue reading
Pope Benedict responds to a question on his recent trip. NCReg gives a translation: Our goals should not be more power and more people, but instead to be at the service of Another – to be servants. But good servants … Continue reading
Will our cell phones and computers be safe? Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno on the solar maximum and a potential threat to wireless technology. Nice seven-minute feature from Vatican Radio–worth a listen, despite a cutoff before the end of the piece.
So the president is actually a secret Catholic instead of a Muslim. Who knew?
If reception hasn’t taken place at an earlier rite celebrated at the church … 133. The rite of reception takes place at the beginning of the funeral liturgy, usually at the entrance of the church. It begins with a greeting … Continue reading
The Sydney Morning Herald picked up this tale of parishioners defying their pastor and returning a baptismal font from a church rear to a baptistry. Cheers accompanied the return from eighteen-month exile of three slabs of stone from a sacred … Continue reading
Does this prescription get much protest these days? 132. Any national flags or the flags or insignia of associations to which the deceased belonged are to be removed from the coffin at the entrance of the church. They may be … Continue reading
Many conservative Catholics really couldn’t care less about the texts of Vatican II, when it comes right down to it. Oh sure, some people can quote you SC 23 or SC 116. But none of them have the staying power … Continue reading
Why is the reception of the body at the church so significant? 131. Since the church is the place where the community of faith assembles for worship, the rite of reception of the body at the church has great significance. … Continue reading
Wie sagt man “cracks in the foundation” auf Deutsch? Archbishop Robert Zollitsch, German bishops head on widening a dialogue among bishops, clergy, and laity: That includes ways to talk about awkward subjects in the area of sexuality, the vow of … Continue reading
Revelations that the southern hemisphere’s next saint blew the whistle on clerical sex abuse, which netted her an excommunication. Mary McKillop: no wonder she’s venerable.
A few high-profile (well, high profile for St Blog’s) pieces on declining church attendance. Greater Cincinnati Catholics here and mainline Protestants at Christian Century. Ask any Catholic, and the solution might be a reflection on individual taste: more tradition, more … Continue reading