Monthly Archives: October 2012

Evangelii Nuntiandi 63: Communicating to the Listeners

We all struggle with the risk of losing something in translation. It is a failing of human communication. We do not always say what we mean. People do not always hear what is proclaimed. 63. The individual Churches, intimately built … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 132-134: Stations of the Cross

Three sections devoted to a time-honored tradition picked up from Jerusalem in ancient times, and thanks to the Franciscans, we have as a part of nearly every Catholic church yet today: § 132 § The Stations of the Cross originated … Continue reading

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Ping!

Ping! is not how my priest friend describes it. It doesn’t quite capture my sense of the Spirit’s subtle influence either. Maybe it’s a bit too frivolous. But it’s close. Many believers think of a well-formed conscience in terms of … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 62: Churches, Universal and Individual

The relationship between universal and the individual Church can be a marvelously productive and fruitful one. Or it can be derailed by tension and suspicion. At any rate, I found this section to be rather rich and full of potential … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 130-131: The Church Building and Popular Devotions

From medieval times at least, the laity have expressed devotion to God and to the saints outside of liturgy, both within church buildings and elsewhere. Two brief sections in BLS recognize this, and suggest that church buildings provide for this … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 61: A Universal Church

The next five sections state and develop the theme of the catholicity of the Church. Where do we get such an audacious and bold notion? From the Gospels themselves: 61. Brothers and sons and daughters, at this stage of our … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 122-129: Seasonal Decorations For The Liturgical Year

This section is a basic primer for parish art/environment groups. First, an overview of the basic thrust of the liturgical year: § 122 § During the liturgical year the Church unfolds the whole mystery of Christ, from his incarnation and … Continue reading

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Old Pianos

When I was a lad, I wanted a piano more than anything I could think of. Well, I wanted globes of all the planets, but they only made Earth and Moon circa 1970. Instead of a piano, my parents got … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 60: Two Convictions

These two convictions are really the same quality. Evangelization is an ecclesial act carried out in Communion with the Church. 60. The observation that the Church has been sent out and given a mandate to evangelize the world should awaken … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 118-121: The Rite of Dedication of a Church and an Altar

The bishops devote four sections to the considerations of the dedication rites. We reviewed those rites in depth earlier this year here. We are reminded that a faith community does well to develop or renew its familiarity with these rituals and the … Continue reading

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New Hymnal Dust-Ups

James Frazier has completed a five-part review for PrayTell of three new publications: the Vatican II Hymnal, the Adoremus Hymnal, and the St Michael Hymnal. Some disclaimers: I’ve commented liberally on the PT threads in question. I have no intention … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 59: Who Evangelizes?

With thissection we move from the topic of who is the target of evangelization and delve into the persons who possess the mission of doing it. 59. If people proclaim in the world the Gospel of salvation, they do so … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 117: Ambry

The ambry is the place for the three sacred oils. § 117 § The consecrated oil of chrism for initiation, ordination, and the dedication of churches, as well as the blessed oils of the sick and of catechumens, are traditionally … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 58: Base Communities

Different names today: small groups and RENEW groups and such in the US. Base communities in Latin America. Parishes are mostly successful (still) in the States, so small groups come and go within the fabric of a faith community. Maybe they … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 116: Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest

Most churches built these days are for large congregations. And most all of those communities have clergy serving. If there is no priest on Sunday, however, there are important guidelines to follow on who sits in which chair, and where: … Continue reading

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