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Archive for December, 2010

Pray Tell is one year old

This blog is now one year old, and what a great year it’s been. Some stats…


Final missal text sent to publishers

“Yesterday we received the files we need to begin constructing our worship resources for 2012, work that would have already been completed months ago had we had the texts.” — Jerry Galipeau


“The propers are the Mass . . . “?

Elsewhere on this blog a vigorous discussion is taking place on “Singing the Mass” … What, then, are the propers of the Roman Missal and their relevance to the fire they should be fueling?


Latinist strikes out

It may still be the Church’s official language but it appears that there are some in the Vatican who don’t know Latin as well as they should.

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Holy Cow!


New Year’s and the Lord of history

By George Weigel in First Things.

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Christmas Mass from St. Peter’s Basilica

Here is the Christmas Missa in nocte (that would be the midnight Mass at 10 pm) from St. Peter’s Basilica. Hear a real Italian cantor!

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Singing the Mass

by Jeffrey Tucker, managing editor of the journal Sacred Music.
“Many Council fathers hoped for a liturgical reform that would put an end to the pre-conciliar practice of vernacular hymnody dominating the Mass. They wanted to universalize the high Mass with music that is native to the ritual. It didn’t turn out that way, for a variety of reasons.”

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A “Young” Priest’s View

The main challenge to the Christian church today, in Ireland, is not from any external threat, be it secularism, materialism, consumerism, or postmodernism. The main challenge is the internal one of ensuring that the integrity, the reality, and the relevance of the Church’s life and worship , its teaching and communication, strike a meaningful chord in a society that still has an appetite for spiritual reality.

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Appointments to CDW

The Holy Father appointed six cardinals to the Congregation for Divine Worship.