Monthly Archives: November 2022

DSCAP 21-22: It’s a Substitute

The Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest parrots a frequent party line in these¬†Chapter II paragraphs: 21. It is imperative that the faithful be taught to see the substitutional character of these celebrations, which should not … Continue reading

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Creator Plus

To start with, I don’t have an issue with “Creator of the Stars of Night.” Nor with modern treatments of old hymnody–I program/perform them myself. What do you make of the addition of an antiphon to the aforementioned hymn? I … Continue reading

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DSCAP 20: Sunday Word, and Maybe Communion

The Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest describes prime alternatives to Sunday Mass: 20. Among the forms of celebration found in liturgical tradition when Mass is not possible, a celebration of the word of God is … Continue reading

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The King Shall Come, New and Old

I have always liked the text and traditional tune for “The King Shall Come.” The linked recording with the simple GIA arrangement is a bit slow for my taste. I’m not in favor of the Picardy drama at the end, … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Reminder: 1 Timothy 6:6-11, 17-19

A new suggestion for my experience on Thanksgiving Day, and an appropriate companion to the Deuteronomy 8:7-18 reading. Two important reminders for people in my country: a touchstone on religion with contentment, and also a warning for the rich. Let’s … Continue reading

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DSCAP 18-19: Conditions for Celebration

Chapter II of the Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest covers numbered sections 18 through 34. Here, we’ll discuss “Conditions for Holding Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest.” So, a priest isn’t available or … Continue reading

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Priests or People?

Archbishop Cordileone gave an interview with CNA. Some liturgy questions and answers popped up at the end of it. It’s always interesting to see a totally different point of view from most Catholics. What do I mean by that?¬† Clergy … Continue reading

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DSCAP 16-17: Sunday, A Day of Joy and Freedom

The Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest recognizes the challenge for people in the modern world. Bosses insisting on working workers. Workers striving for more money and recognition. Corporations sending peons far and wide in the … Continue reading

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M7: Ptolemy’s Drop of Scorpion Venom

Let’s continue our survey of Messier objects. Check some basic info if you’re joining late here. Above is another open cluster, like the previous number of this series. Not a pretty name like “Butterfly,” but that of a figure of … Continue reading

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DSCAP 15: Active Participation and Renewal

The notion of active participation gets a prominent mention in paragraph 15 of the Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest. There are only two sentences, but a fair amount to unpack. 15. In the Sunday assembly, … Continue reading

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DSCAP 14: Sunday, From the Beginning of Christian Formation

Continuing with the Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest, and its teaching on Sunday. Remember the principles previously stated (DSCAP 12-13): the centrality of Sunday as a time when God gathers his people, when the Paschal … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastical Maps

Move and merge. A bit to the south of me, I heard Bishop Robert Barron has scored a huge anonymous donation to acquire land and build a new pastoral center nearer the center of his Winona-Rochester diocese. Seems to me … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

Someone struggled for your right to vote. Use it. Attributed to Susan B. Anthony

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