Category Archives: Liturgical Miscellany

Day 12. L is for Lutheran pastor

I mentioned a little bit before the contest that I was reading Lutheran pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber’s book, Pastrix. Since then I’ve been meaning to say a few more words on it, and this seems as good a chance as any. … Continue reading

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On Liturgy

This lovely quotation of Romano Guardini is found in the middle of Alexander Schmemann’s For The Life of the World, which I’ve been reading for a class: Man, with the aid of grace, is given the opportunity of relaying his … Continue reading

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So what are the liberal Christians up to these days?

One part of Theo Hobson’s vision of liberal Protestantism: The second pillar of the new liberal Christianity is a bit more surprising. For in the past, liberal Christianity has downplayed the ritual side of religion, often seeing it as a … Continue reading

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Blogging From A to Z Challenge day 21: U is for Usus Antiquor

Usus antiquor (older usage) is sometimes used to designate the Tridentine Mass, which was the form of the Mass used by Latin Catholics from the time of the Council of Trent until the development of the Paul VI (or Novus … Continue reading

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Sacred music

Benjamin Wiker: We Catholics believe something so entirely strange that even to utter it among ourselves should bring gasps of astonishment. The crucifixion and resurrection are present in the Mass—not presented again like a morality play, not referred to politely … Continue reading

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Pseudo Trad, or: making steps towards a respectable degree of counterculturalism

When I started RCIA about a year ago, I had already made my way through a good amount of the Catechism and felt like I had a good general idea of what Catholic orthodoxy was. Of course, I also knew … Continue reading

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Lent, 2012; why you should purchase a breviary

I said that I’d talk a bit about Lent, so here it is. Perhaps it’s a little bit inappropriate to dwell on Lent during Easter, but then Lent is in many ways a microcosm of the worldly situation of the … Continue reading

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Liturgy Wars II

In the old translation, the lead in to the Lord’s Prayer goes: “Let us pray with confidence to the Father in the words our Saviour gave us: Our Father…” In the new: “At the Saviour’s command and formed by divine … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about the Mass

Keep on the sunny side: I started attending Mass on the tenth anniversary of 9/11. This wasn’t entirely intentional: even after signing up for RCIA, I had a strange compulsion to avoid church, as if even seeing the Eucharist would … Continue reading

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