Monthly Archives: December 2011

GIRM 82: The Rite of Peace

Few rituals of the reformed liturgy have attracted as much criticism as the Rite of Peace. What does the GIRM have to say about it? Let’s read: 82. There follows the Rite of Peace, by which the Church entreats peace … Continue reading

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GDC 86a: Education for Community Life

Continuing our slow pace through two rather substantial sections, we turn to the first half of GDC 86 today, “Other fundamental tasks of catechesis: initiation and education in community life and to mission.” 86. Catechesis prepares the Christian to live … Continue reading

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GIRM 81: The Lord’s Prayer

A brief description of the Lord’s Prayer: 81. In the Lord’s Prayer a petition is made for daily bread, which for Christians means principally the Eucharistic Bread, and entreating also purification from sin, so that what is holy may in … Continue reading

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Inappropriate High School Pranks

I see elements in the Catholic blogosphere are blaming the president for the parent-kid kissing fiasco at the Minnesota high school. It reminds me of other dimwitted ideas that pass for high school activities. About ten years ago, a death … Continue reading

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GDC 85d: Teaching to Pray

The fourth fundamental task of catechesis involves the entry into the spiritual life: Communion with Jesus Christ leads the disciples to assume the attitude of prayer and contemplation which the Master himself had. To learn to pray with Jesus is to pray … Continue reading

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GIRM 80: The Communion Rite

GIRM 80 through 89 covers the Communion Rite. Lest there’s any doubt that meal, food, and spiritual nourishment join sacrifice as part of the meaning of the Eucharist, here’s the black in blue of it: 80. Since the celebration of … Continue reading

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Atheists Swamp Nativity

I don’t know how far Santa Monica is from the La Brea tar pits, but it sure looks like the non-believers scored a slam-dunk into the sticky black for the War On Christmas this year. Atheists 18, Christians 2, Jews … Continue reading

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GIRM 79: Structure of the Eucharistic Prayer

What every Catholic should know about the Eucharistic Prayer, and it’s something a bit more than “consecration” and three little songs: 79. The main elements of which the Eucharistic Prayer consists may be distinguished from one another in this way: … Continue reading

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GDC 85c: Moral Formation

Morality: taking upon the attitude of Christ. That definition keeps moral conduct in the sphere of grace, not personal determination or even, as some conservatives might like us to believe, in one’s ideology: Conversion to Jesus Christ implies walking in … Continue reading

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The Sharpless Angel Looks Sharp!

Aware of the classical morphology of angelic beings (” … each of them had six wings: with two they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they hovered.” (Isa 6:2)) I still like the spread … Continue reading

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GIRM 78: The Eucharistic Prayer

This section and the next give us important information on the Eucharistic Prayer: 78. Now the center and high point of the entire celebration begins, namely, the Eucharistic Prayer itself, that is, the prayer of thanksgiving and sanctification. The Priest … Continue reading

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GDC 85b: Liturgical Education

The second fundamental task, liturgy: Christ is always present in his Church, especially in “liturgical celebrations”. (Sacrosanctum Concilium 7) Communion with Jesus Christ leads to the celebration of his salvific presence in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist. The Church … Continue reading

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Pancake Study Break

The past few semesters, we’ve put on an evening breakfast for students trying to survive finals week. Last year, it was a staff-driven thing. This month–tonight, in fact–one of the student teams has spearheaded it. I volunteered to set up … Continue reading

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GIRM 77: The Prayer over the Offerings

A small part of the Mass between the Preparation of the Gifts and the Eucharistic Prayer: 77. Once the offerings have been placed on the altar and the accompanying rites completed, by means of the invitation to pray with the … Continue reading

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GDC 85a: Promoting Knowledge of the Faith

We’ll take some time with GDC 85 and 86, and spread out our examination over the next week. These sections get into a bit more detail on the “fundamental tasks of catechesis.” These are described as knowledge of the faith, … Continue reading

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