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Judging custom

Now that we’ve discussed how customs arise in liturgical history, let’s turn to the principles by which they’re evaluated (in their pre-canonical period). This post takes some of the debate in the comment threads as examples of how these conversations normally go in the process of evaluation.

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“What We’re Reading”

My reading tastes fluctuate between church and non-church things. Sometimes I’m looking for links between them.

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Non solum: Sunday Readings Books

Is it good to make only a few copies available for those who truly can’t hear?

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On the communal character of custom

What kind of community can “introduce” a liturgical custom, and how does the process look? A few notes from ritual studies that may help in understanding the wedding mandatum.

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USCCB to Vote on Revised Liturgical Translations at November Assembly

At the Fall General Assembly of the USCCB, the conference’s Committee on Divine Worship is expected to bring forward five liturgical matters for a vote.

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Was the Synod in Rome “Protestant”?

It’s a shame that Bishop Tobin called the recent extraordinary synod “Protestant.”

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Liturgical Diversity Ancient and Modern

Is it a benign form of inculturation to the modern consumer culture of the West that we offer different liturgies for different tastes, or is this something that should be resisted?

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Mandatum at a Wedding

After the vows, the couple washed each other’s feet, and then the feet of their new in-laws.

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“What We’re Reading”

When I first thought about what I have been reading lately, what came to mind is the undergraduate essays and papers I have been plowing through—more on them at another time.

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Blessed Pope Paul VI on Liturgical Reform: The New Epoch in the Church’s Life

Liturgical reform is not an arbitrary act. It is not a transitory or optional experiment. It is not some dilettante’s improvisation. It is a law.

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