Category Archives: Liturgy

Palliumania, Part 1

Today’s feast of Peter and Paul is a big thing in Rome. And for the world’s newest archbishops. There’s a change in procedure on the docket for this year. The pallium, that woolen badge of an archbishop’s office, was blessed in … Continue reading

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On Latin

A thread on Latin at PrayTell: dead language or what? Latin was my first foreign language in high school. A neighbor kidded that I was training for the priesthood. My dad grumbled and muttered something about the medical profession. When … Continue reading

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Singing At Daily Mass

Until today, I overlooked the post at PrayTell on singing daily Mass. Songs and hymns at entrance and ending are default in many places. But when I arrived at my parish, the Gospel and Eucharistic acclamations were also in place. … Continue reading

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I Can Help These People

When I visit with people from a parish, or review their website, I ask myself honestly, “Can I help these people?” Obviously, if they need an organist, I can’t help them. If they have a classically-oriented approach, probably not. So … Continue reading

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Seeing Red

Deacon Greg posts on “the story behind the cappa magna.” The aggregator Pewsitter didn’t like his “sneer.” I thought Greg was fairly light in his criticism–he cited a lot of sources like any good journalist–even those in favor. When I … Continue reading

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Are Gestures Needed?

PrayTell has a post illustrating “How To Do The Consecration.” Philip Endean, SJ, leaning toward the “populist,” reacts to the strict notion that the Eucharistic Prayer is uttered to the Father: (T)hese considerations would seem ultimately to suggest we shouldn’t do … Continue reading

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Communion for Infants

Kimberly Hope Belcher offers “5 quick pastoral reasons” for infant Communion. Pastoral is fine. But her points are not without theological merit. The Scholastic/Tridentine heritage of sacramental theology has a pelagian problem. Infant communion will help rid us of heresy. Dr Belcher … Continue reading

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