Monthly Archives: March 2006

Some very nice graphics for Stations

May I recommend that you check out the very nice black and white graphics for Stations of the Cross on the blog The Lion and the Cardinal.  They are very much worth a close look.  The graphic above is by … Continue reading

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Friday in the 4th Week of Lent

This prayer today was not in the pre-Concilar Missale Romanum. It also has me scratching my head. Once I looked up all the references, I knew why. In effect, this is clearly a cut and paste joband it just doesn’t hang together well. A predecessor (Concede, quaesumus, domine, fragilitate nostrae sufficientiam conpetentem, ut suae reparationis effectum et pia conuersatione recenseat et cum exultatione suscipiat: per.) is in the Gelasianum Vetus in two places, Friday of the 3rd Week of Lent and for Septuagesima. The “et fragilitati nostrae congrua praeparasti subsidia” is in the Veronese in April and references to fragilitas and pia conversatio in a prayer in July. Continue reading

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Thursday in the 4th Week of Lent

Christ is the perfect model of all that is mentioned in the prayer. He is the perfect exemplar. St. Augustine, in his monumental City of God is a little cautious about presenting the Lord as being our model and exemplar. He knows that Christ, the perfect model, presents for us an unattainable challenge. For Augustine, the lives of the martyrs and other holy men and women are more helpful and realistic models. In their fully be merely human lives they show us that we fully human but merely human people can live the life to which Christ’s commands and perfect model calls us. Continue reading

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A prayer for the translators

One of the frequent participants in the blog, Martin, made a proposal about composing a prayer for those involved in the creation of a new English translation of the Missale Romanum.  I think this is a good idea.  The aforementioned … Continue reading

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Wednesday in the 4th Week of Lent

We need to be clear about something. What we do on our own cannot obtain anything from God on its own merits. To paraphrase St. Augustine when God crowns our merits, He crowns His own merits in us.

I wrote this next excerpt from a WDTPRS article for Super Oblata of the 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time. I think it applies. Also, I am really sick right now and just don’t have it in me to do much more, so here goes. Some of the rest of you can dig into the vocabulary and syntax. Continue reading

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Here is another update for the Internet prayer!   I am pleased to present KOREAN thanks to a priest friend I live with here in Rome.  Many thanks to him for his time and effort.  Say a prayer for him.  Feel … Continue reading

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Preview of upcoming WDTPRS article for Palm Sunday

Many of you belong to parishes where priests still won’t hear confessions on Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Some priests, liturgical experts and even diocesan liturgy offices claim the rubrics of the Missal or “Sacramentary” forbid the sacrament of Penance.

However, this claim is absolutely incorrect.

Here is what the texts really say. Continue reading

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Your precious comments

In an attempt to curtail some spam, I turned on a couple features in the blog which I am still trying to sort out.  I found a whole raft of your good comments waiting for my approval for public view. … Continue reading

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Tuesday of the 4th Week of Lent

Since we are past the half way point in Lent, there has been a shift in the prayers, I think. There is a focus on the coming Triduum now. The vocabulary today with paschale mysterium and praeconium point to the Triduum and Vigil. Praeconium makes you think right away of the great chant of the deacon called the Exsultet, or Praeconium Paschale. The Redactors chose to strip the prayer of it older content, in the replacement of “fasts” (ieiunia) with devotio. Continue reading

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“I’ll have to check my calendar!”

Sometimes when people are not sure of their future positions, they hesitate to accept appointments for distant dates. In November 2006 there will be a sacred music conference in Rome for the 50th anniversary of the death of Lorenzo Perosi.  … Continue reading

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