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Archive for February, 2013

Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 34

The norms articulated in article 34 have been rather fiercely contested in the past fifty years. What are the textual and gestural characteristics of “noble simplicity”?


Sweet Sistine: March Madness – Vatican Edition



Inculturation, superheroes and waterguns

This story from The Guardian invites a scornful pile-on, but I think it might also prompt thoughtful reflection on how we set limits to inculturation and how we adapt liturgy to circumstances. Send to Kindle

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Benedict XVI: A Supremely Liturgical Pope

“In relation to the New English Translation of the Missal…it was the Holy Father who judged on the whole question of pro multis “for many,” “chalice” rather than “cup,” those are his particular judgments and his prerogative as the Pope. He showed a great interest in the process as it was unfolding …over ten years in the making.” – Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth

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Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 33

Some may hold that article 33 opposes worship of the divine to instruction of the faithful, but in fact the document recognizes that as long as liturgical worship is conducted using human sign-systems it will inevitably have cognitive-intellectual and emotional-value content.


Refresh my heart: A moment of expectation

As I’m preparing for the imminent arrival of my third child, this week is going to be rather busy! I’d like to share a reflection on another impending moment of imminent (liturgical) birth from Aemiliana Löhr.

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Bells for the Pope

It’s things like this, however small, that reinforce Catholic identity and bring our faith into daily life.

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A scale of attitudes toward different forms of the Mass [UPDATED]

Share your own view, from “0” through “7”. [Scale updated to reflect our discussion]

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Conclave: Step by Step through the Papal Interregnum

by Msgr. Charles Burns, residential canon of St. Peter’s Basilica.

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Liturgical Institute in Ealing

I like the subtitle of the institute a lot: “For a detailed and peaceful study of liturgy.” Amen to that.

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