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Archive for December, 2011

Language and Identity

One problem with a group-defining language is that it naturally excludes others. Apparently this was not a problem for the authors of Liturgiam authenticam.

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Christmas music using borrowed iPhones and iPads at North Point Community Church in Georgia.

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Fr. Z on today’s collect

“What a mess.” – Fr. John Zuhsldorf at What Does The Prayer Really Say? on the newly-translated collect for Holy Innocents.

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Changed words in Christmas carols

A Pray Tell reader writes to ask what I think of the change to the text of stanza 3 of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.”

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Christmas Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica

It’s hard to hold your camera in one hand and your booklet in the other, trying to watch the conductor out of the corner of your eye as you focus your camera on the center aisle – all the while translating the Italian translation of the Latin text of the introit for spiritual benefit.

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A homily for December 24th morning

If today you and I go before the Lord to prepare his way, if our lives offer even the faintest glimpse into the salvation which Jesus Christ brings, then John the Baptist will have accomplished a great deal in us. – Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB

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Chants of The Roman Missal: Study Edition

I think it will become the text on the subject.

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Dec 23: a liturgical “hinge day”?

December 23 suddenly seems more important in and of itself, something akin to a liturgical hinge day, when things begin to turn.


Religious nonsense is easier to understand than regular nonsense

So the ideal god is magical enough to make him interesting and worthy of our special attention as something that could just about be real. But not so magical as to be utter nonsense!


Quæsumus – We’re Still Asking

Quæsumus, the presidential orations often plead: we ask, we pray.

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