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Archive for September, 2012

Whatever became of “bible services”?

It will be another thirty weeks before we get to our re-reading of Sacrosanctum Concilium 35. [UPDATED] But I am teaching an elective, “The RCIA: The Sacraments of Christian Initiation & the Catechumenal Model as Inspiration for Parish Life” and I need help remembering what happened to the implementation of CSL 35, §4; Bible services should be encouraged, […]

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EF, OF, and Cognitive Engagement

In the older form of Mass, the mind is engaged, but perhaps more in the limbic system than the prefrontal cortex.

Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 4

Following on article 3, this article declares that all presently recognized Catholic Rites share a fundamental equality of honor, that they are also to be cherished/promoted/fostered as the Roman Rite, and that, if these Rites are to be renovated, such renovation should be done in the light of (their own) authentic tradition in order to engage contemporary worshipers.

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St. Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant Fall Short Course

St. Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant is offering a Fall Short Course on six Saturday mornings starting October 13 through November 17.

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A Vision for the Crystal Cathedral

“The Cathedral property might someday become the second-most significant Catholic cultural center in the world, outside the Vatican.”

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The New Missal and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Whenever you change a complex system, things occur that you did not foresee.

Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 3

Article three is a transition from the doctrinal preamble appearing in articles 1-2 to the treatment of individual topics concerning the reform/restoration/renewal and cherishing/promoting of the Liturgy that will appear in the following chapters.

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Liturgy at Abbots’ Congress in Rome – Some Reforms

I’m sure there are varying opinions about celebrating the liturgy in Latin. In this case, it wasn’t my decision to do so. That decision was already made, and it was my role to make it happen.

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James MacMillan and the Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross

A report on the recent sacred music conference, “James MacMillan and the Musical Modes of Mary and the Cross,” held at the University of Notre Dame.

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Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 2

I do not think that the importance of this article for interpreting the subsequent conciliar discussions as well as for the implementation of the liturgical reforms can be overestimated. The document declares the intimate connection between liturgy and ecclesiology.

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