Arguing with God

There are a few “arguments with God” in the Bible. I have always found these stories fascinating. In the Hebrew Bible, the protagonist is a chosen friend of God, holy and righteous. When the LORD threatens destruction to human life, the protagonist protests and attempts to persuade God. The human protagonist in these stories temporarily appears to have a better grip on God’s essential character – righteous, generous, and merciful – than the LORD himself! On August 14, we meet a New Testament version in the person of the Canaanite woman.

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Vigil Masses or Anticipated Masses?

The new Roman Missal (editio typica tertia) is not very new. But two new features are: a Vigil of the Epiphany and a Vigil of the Ascension, each with their own euchology and lectionary texts. But will these vigils be as unused as the ones already in the missal, such as tonight’s.

If you went to Mass the evening of August 14, what euchology was used, what lectionary readings?

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New Grail psalm translation now approved

“I am happy to inform you that the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has granted the recognitio for the Revised Grail Psalter by the Monks of Conception Abbey for liturgical use in the Dioceses of the United States, which has been approved by the Latin Church members of the USCCB in November, 2008.”

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