Monthly Archives: February 2011

Is there a word for it?

(This is Neil) I’m looking for a word. Perhaps there isn’t such a word. Maybe there is. I think that there should be such a word. But let me clarify: I’m not looking for this word because I want to … Continue reading

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GILM 19: The Responsorial Psalm

Let’s see what the Church has to say about the psalm after the first reading. They still call it the “gradual,” at least officially: 19. The responsorial psalm, also called the gradual, has great liturgical and pastoral significance because it … Continue reading

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GILM 18: Post-Reading Acclamation

18. At the conclusion of the other readings, The word of the Lord may be sung, even by someone other than the reader; all respond with the acclamation. In this way the assembled congregation pays reverence to the word of … Continue reading

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GILM 17: Ritual With the Gospel, Especially Singing

The proclamation of the Gospel reading is the highpoint of the Liturgy of the Word. One reason why a familiarity of liturgy documents beyond the GIRM and the Missal rubrics is important is because of a gem of choreography like … Continue reading

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Neocon Needs a Civics Lesson

Wesley Smith hyperventilating over health insurance reform at First Things: (Reform) was passed in a corrupt process over the objections of the American people.  If we are not to grind to a complete halt, substantial changes must be made.   There … Continue reading

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CCHD in GB

Okay, here’s a thought exercise. But first, a few preliminaries. Green Bay Bishop David Ricken reinstates CCHD in northeast Wisconsin. Less money, I guess, for Deal Hudson’s causes. Bishop Ricken acknowledged in his statement that “for some time in this … Continue reading

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Let’s Vote to Keep SP As Is

An interesting exercise in petitionary democracy. I must have missed something here. Is SP getting rolled back in any way? Are they reforming an unreformed rite in keeping with a council, SC 1-130?

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GILM 13-16: Word Varia

The next sections touch on a bunch of different points. The order of readings in a Liturgy of the Word: 13. The reading of the Gospel is the high point of the liturgy of the word. For this the other … Continue reading

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The Way of Harm

The word out of Philadelphia–not good, as most of you readers know. Rock has the front row seat to this spectacle, and I’m sure, stories full of anguish (like this one) because of that. Keep in mind that this isn’t … Continue reading

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GILM 12: No Omissions, Shortening, or Replacements

12. In the celebration of Mass the biblical readings with their accompanying chants from the Sacred Scriptures may not be omitted, shortened, or, worse still, replaced by nonbiblical readings. [Liturgicae instaurationes, 2; Dominicae Cenae 10, Inaestimabile Donum 1] For it … Continue reading

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GILM 11: The Liturgy of the Word

Just in case there’s any doubt as to what constitutes the Liturgy of the Word at Mass: 11. “Readings from Sacred Scripture and the chants between the readings form the main part of the liturgy of the word. The homily, the … Continue reading

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Discipleship

The pastor asked me to provide music leadership for a liturgy last Thursday. The archbishop was in town for “Operation Andrew,” an effort to reach out to prospective seminary candidates. There was adoration of the Blessed Sacrament accompanied by a … Continue reading

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Which Way The River Flows?

Archbishop Dolan moved money to avoid paying abuse victims? It seems innocent enough for a diocese to give parishes money. It’s actually more common for parishes to move cash up the ecclesiastical food chain toward the chancery. What do you … Continue reading

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Communion for the Blind

I had a parishioner with a concern that she didn’t receive Communion this past Sunday. I sent out a summary of how she related the incident, and offered some suggestions to all our Communion ministers: If you encounter a blind … Continue reading

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GILM 10: Word and Eucharist, An Essential Bond

10. The Church has honored the word of God and the Eucharistic mystery with the same reverence, although not with the same worship, and has always and everywhere insisted upon and sanctioned such honor. Moved by the example of its … Continue reading

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