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GIRM 366-367: Choice of Chants

Music has come up again: 366. It is not permitted to substitute other chants for those found in the Order of Mass, for example, at the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God). 367. In choosing the chants between the readings, as … Continue reading

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GIRM 364-365: Choice of Eucharistic Prayers

One area of liturgical planning is still in the hands of the clergy. Choose well: 364. The numerous Prefaces with which the Roman Missal is endowed have as their purpose to bring out more fully the motives for thanksgiving within … Continue reading

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GIRM 363: Choice of Orations

Prayers at Mass, and regarding the options for them: 363. In any Mass the orations proper to that Mass are used, unless otherwise noted. On Memorials of Saints, the proper Collect is said or, if this is lacking, one from … Continue reading

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GIRM 360-362: Readings, Long and Short, One of the Other

More on readings: 360. At times, a longer and shorter form of the same text is given. In choosing between these two forms, a pastoral criterion should be kept in mind. On such an occasion, attention should be paid to … Continue reading

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GIRM 358-359: Choices of Readings

Regarding weekdays and special occasions: 358. In the Lectionary for weekdays, readings are provided for each day of every week throughout the entire course of the year; hence, these readings will in general be used on the days to which … Continue reading

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GIRM 356-357: Readings

Chapter VII’s longer (356-367) of two sections treats the “Choice of Texts for the Mass.” Let’s read: 356. In choosing texts for the different parts of the Mass, whether for the time of the year or for Saints, the norms … Continue reading

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GIRM 355: Optional Memorials

Once we’ve waded through the directives on solemnities, feasts, Sundays, and obligatory memorials, what happens when there’s a true choice for Mass texts? You can just let the ordo tell you what to do. Or you can learn the principles … Continue reading

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GIRM 353-354: Choices On Major Celebrations

Not very long, but full of common sense: 353. On Solemnities the Priest is obliged to follow the Calendar of the church where he is celebrating. An obvious case of the priest bowing to the pastoral and spiritual need of … Continue reading

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GIRM 352: The Choice of the Mass and Its Parts

GIRM’s Chapter VII covers “The Choice of the Mass and Its Parts,” numbered sections 352 through 367. As we’ve seen in other liturgical documents, the priest is called to sacrifice his own preferences and elevate the “spiritual good” of the … Continue reading

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GIRM 348-351: Other Things Intended For Church Use

The final subsection of Chapter VI: 348. Besides the sacred vessels and the sacred vestments, for which some particular material is prescribed, other furnishings that either are intended for direct liturgical use [Book of Blessings part III] or are in … Continue reading

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GIRM 345-347: Colors of Vestments

Color my liturgical world: 345. Diversity of color in the sacred vestments has as its purpose to give more effective expression even outwardly whether to the specific character of the mysteries of faith to be celebrated or to a sense … Continue reading

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GIRM 344: Material and Design

A brief, but important section: 344. It is fitting that the beauty and nobility of each vestment not be sought in an abundance of overlaid ornamentation, but rather in the material used and in the design. Ornamentation on vestments should, … Continue reading

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GIRM 342-343: Form and Fabric

Vatican II’s liturgy constitution, and hence the GIRM, allows some leeway with regard to the form of vestments: 342. As regards the form of sacred vestments, Conferences of Bishops may determine and propose to the Apostolic See adaptations that correspond … Continue reading

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GIRM 337-341: Various Vestments for Various Persons

Let’s finish up the matter of liturgical clothing: 337. The vestment proper to the Priest Celebrant at Mass and during other sacred actions directly connected with Mass is the chasuble worn, unless otherwise indicated, over the alb and stole. I’m … Continue reading

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GIRM 335-336: Material and Design

A lot of fuss from Rome in the past decade or two about the blurring of roles at Mass. But honestly, except for children who are altar servers and the very occasional choir robe, in North America, vestments are all … Continue reading

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