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Ten Interesting Facts About Advent CATHOLIC FIRE - November 29, 2013 ... Philippians: "Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! The Lord is near." (Phil 4:4+5b) 4. In the Roman Catholic Church, the official liturgical color for most of the Season of Advent is violet. Only on the Third Sunday of Advent is a rose (pink) colored candle lit, as a symbol of joy; the priest may also wear rose vestments on this Sunday. 5. Advent wreaths have their origins in the folk traditions of northern Europe, where in the deep of winter people lit candles on wheel-shaped ...http://catholicfire.blogspot.com/2013/11/ten-interesting-facts-about-advent.html
The Propers Are Proper! LEX ORANDI, LEX CREDENDI - November 2, 2013 ... for just about any given Mass. Let's look at the Introit for the Solemnity of All Saints: Introit All Saints Day Simple English Propers The sacredness of the chant, coupled with the text of the Introit, which comes to us from the Roman Gradual, sets the tone that something extraordinary is beginning. It conveys the sense of the divine act more clearly than a hymn. In fact, if we look at the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, this is certainly the intent of the Church: ...http://benedictgal-lexorandilexcredendi.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-propers-are-proper.html
My Futile Search for the Perfect Mass VOX NOVA - October 30, 2013 ... on Christian discipleship, social concerns, and the particular concerns of the parish community, engaging the lectionary readings as well as tying back to anything applicable on the liturgical calendar (such as the saint whose feast it is, although this shouldn't completely displace the scripture). I'd rather not bother with grammatically awkward tap-dancing around all masculine pronouns. The celebrant should resist temptations to satisfy his theological hangups through liturgical improv. If ...http://vox-nova.com/2013/10/30/my-futile-search-for-the-perfect-mass/
I Thought It Was Supposed to Get Better CHRISTUS VINCIT - THE BLOG! - October 27, 2013 ... since the Roman Missal, Third Typical Edition (and translation thereof), that one would expect music at Mass would improve. Instead, the contrary, in terms of most parishes and the major publishers of Catholic worship aids. Since the latest translation of the Roman Missal, the publishers did get a couple of things right: terminology, for one ("Entrance Chant", "Penitential Act", etc.), plus the ICEL chants getting a prominent place amongst the ...http://blog.christusvincit.com/2013/10/i-thought-it-was-supposed-to-get-better.html
Satisfying Bleakness. BEARING BLOG - October 20, 2013 I left Mark and his dad with my daughter in her hospital room yesterday afternoon so I could go to Mass at a parish on this side of town. The rest of the family will go this morning, the usual place, the usual time. Now that the 9- and 13-yo boys are both serving Mass, we have a little less flexibility than we used to. I'm not naming names, but when I opened that door I walked into the bleakest -looking sanctuary I have ever seen. + + + It isn't ...http://arlinghaus.typepad.com/blog/2013/10/satisfying-bleakness.html
Catholic Mission Stations of Korea CATHOLIC AMERICAN EYES IN KOREA - October 2, 2013 ... villages then went on to dedicate their lives to the Church. Looking at the villages from the viewpoint of the greater society, the villages would be seen as very insignificant places on the map. Some going back to the persecution, but most of them beginning after 1890, at the end of the persecution. And gradually non-Catholics moved into these villages, the Sunday liturgy became the Mass, the mission stations became part of the parish, and the stations began to disappear. The ...http://catholicamericaneyesinkorea.blogspot.com/2013/10/catholic-mission-stations-of-korea.html
Twelve Ways a Determined Priest Can Renew a Parish UNAM SANCTAM CATHOLICAM - August 12, 2013 ... Benediction at 7:30pm. Exposition-Benediction also provides the priest with a little "laboratory" in which to test out Latin hymns and prayers on a smaller group of faithful without having to do so to the entire congregation. It gives the priest an idea of how difficult it will be for his particular flock to make the transition to Latin, and furthermore will identify the folks within the parish who are most sympathetic to traditional prayers and devotions. These folks will be ...http://unamsanctamcatholicam.blogspot.com/2013/08/twelve-ways-determined-priest-can-renew.html