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Posts Tagged Confirmation

How many hands does it take…?

This year’s Easter Vigil was a real logistical ordeal for presiders.

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Confirmation, Faith, and Emil Nolde’s “Pentecost”

Sometimes we forget the many languages spoken at Pentecost and expect a common sacramental experience/formula in our pastoral approach to Confirmation. Nolde offers us an artistic corrective.


Slowly but surely: new liturgical books on the way

Now that the new English translation of the Roman Missal is in place, five newly translated liturgical texts are moving through the process of revision and approval: Confirmation, Marriage, Dedication of a Church and an Altar, Exorcism; and a supplement to the Liturgy of the Hours.

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The confirmation slap

Thing were omitted for a reason, and that should be respected.

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Bishop Aquila (Fargo) receives Pope’s praise for reordering sacraments

“I was very surprised in what the Pope said to me, in terms of how happy he was that the sacraments of initiation have been restored to their proper order of baptism, confirmation then first Eucharist,” said Bishop Aquila.

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Anglican Confirmation (or: Of Studies, Liturgical, Part II)

As promised several weeks ago, the first of my Ph.D. comprehensive examination topics, covering the area of Christian Initiation and the period of the Reformation.

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Restoration and/or Reversal

I find it interesting that on his blog Fr. Zuhlsdorf, in reporting this story, speaks of “reversing” the order of the sacraments, while on this blog it says “restoring” the order of the sacraments. Both, of course, can be true statements, without contradicting one another.

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Liverpool restores early confirmation

The archdiocese of Liverpool has announced that the sacraments of initiation will henceforth be administered in the traditional order – baptism, confirmation, eucharist. This order is preferred quite strongly in the liturgical documents and legislation of the Catholic Church, but there is some leeway.

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Keeping Count?

On the one hand, the Eucharist and its liturgy are of inestimable value. On the other hand, perhaps we’ve over-valued the Mass. Tracking attendance has been an important component in catechesis and preparation for confirmation — but what message does it send?

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