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Archive for August, 2012

Thinking About the Liturgy on the Eve of the Council: Signs that do and do not signify

Reflections from 1962 by the president of the Liturgical Conference about the possible reform of the liturgy.

This Week’s Discussion Question: ” . . . too lively for Communion?”

There are times for reverence and adoration during the communion rite; but the communion procession is not one of those times.

Learning about shepherding

Worshiping with the monks of Saint John’s Abbey is a transformative experience for many of us.

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“Ecce homo” defaced during restoration attempt

“An elderly parishioner has stunned Spanish cultural officials with an alarming and unauthorised attempt to restore a prized Jesus Christ fresco.”

Miracles – In the Liturgy, and Otherwise

by Nicholas Denysenko
What kinds of miracles occur during Liturgy? Do people expect miracles when they go to Church?

Evanston, Illinois parish proposing woman deacon covered in the Chicago Times

Today the Chicago Times has an article on St Nicholas Church in Evanston, Illinois, which is seeking clarification on whether women can be ordained to the diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church.

This Week’s Discussion Question: The presider’s responsibilities

The Constitution 
on the Sacred Liturgy, 
Sacrosanctum Concilium, says in §11: “But in order that the liturgy may be able to produce its full effects, it is necessary that the faithful come to it with proper dispositions, that their minds should be attuned to their voices, and that they should cooperate with divine grace lest […]


Ruff on chant book at The Catholic Channel

Topic was my new book and CD from GIA, Canticum novum. Here is the soundtrack of the program.

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Extraordinary blessings in the Communion queue

What blessing should extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion give to those who request one?

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A bishop’s praise of Bishop Trautman

Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg pays tribute to Bishop Donald Trautman, emeritus of Erie, PA, and tells a story about this “Lion of the Liturgy” that I had never heard before.

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