Posting may be light the next three days. The young miss is done with school, and we have a triduum of birthday celebration (the sweet 16th, God help me) ahead of us this weekend.
I’ll resume posting on the RDCA in a few days. We’ll pick up with the actual ritual for dedicating a church and altar.
No plan to follow up the GDC with the national catechetical directory, or any other non-liturgy document. I’m open to suggestions. Preferably something in the 5 to 50-post range.
With the conclusion of this site’s long, long examination of the GDC, the outline page with posts linked is up. In fact, pretty much every page listed in the sidebar is up-to-date with links. Except for the ongoing series on funeral readings, they’re all complete. I have drafts begun on the big four Vatican constitutions, and as soon as I can figure out how not to get them to squeeze out my header at the top of the page, I’ll get to work on them.
As for those funeral readings, the plan is to finish up five psalms, a dozen Gospel readings, and Isaiah 25 in about two months. If any reader would like to visit the funeral reading page, take note of an unlinked reference and offer to write a brief essay, let me know. You don’t have to be a priest to write up one of those Gospel readings, or a musician to do a psalm. It doesn’t need to be an in-depth Scripture study. All we need is a pastoral reflection suggesting why this reading might be chosen.
As for document study, the plan is to continue with the RDCA for the next several weeks, then move on to the twin USCCB documents on liturgy, Built of Living Stones and Sing to the Lord.
I haven’t felt the urge to stop blogging in a long time. Hard to say if the energy I feel for it isn’t sometimes unhealthy. Looking back eight years, I see this place has gotten a bit less personal and a lot more catechetical. That wasn’t my original plan getting online and lurking in St Blog’s years ago. In about two weeks, we’ll hit post #8,000 here. I think it’s safe to say that’s well past both the mean and medium for the longevity and output of the world’s hundreds of millions of personal web logs. Just as a side note, about thirty percent of my traffic (since Will and Kate) is wedding readings. The wedding reading page gets a few hundred visits a day. Sirach 26 alone has averaged forty hits a day since the new year. I never intended to be the online outlet for Scriptures at weddings. But keep those engaged people coming.
Good weekend to you all. Time for me to shower and pack the car. Housesitter will be arriving a bit later today. With two elderly and infirm pets, we needed to make sure they got attention.