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Omnium Circumstantium

Omnium Circumstantium

Stand around the Altar in a Circle Lost in translation, in the Roman Canon (used century upon century upon century and now RC Eucharistic Prayer 1), is that we all stand around the altar. The Roman Canon has: …Memento, Domine, famulorum famularumque tuarum N. et N. et omnium circumstantium, quorum tibi fides cognita est et… Continue Reading

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Not the Lord’s Supper?

Not the Lord’s Supper?

If you use the term “The Lord’s Supper” for the Eucharist, thinking that somehow you are being biblical in doing so, think again. If you recite the Last Supper story from St Paul as your way of consecrating bread and wine, thinking that doing so you are following Jesus’ command to “do this”, think again.… Continue Reading

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Monks, Manes, and Moustaches

Monks, Manes, and Moustaches

Heads, feet, and hair seem to be essential to much religious practice. In the place of worship – Christian males: head uncovered, feet covered; Jewish males: head covered, feet covered; Muslim males: head covered, feet uncovered. Sikh: hair never cut. Buddhist monks and nuns: head fully shaved. Jewish (First Testament/Hebrew Bible) regulations about not cutting… Continue Reading

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Holding ones Fingers Correctly at Mass?

Holding ones Fingers Correctly at Mass?

A recent comment quoted Episcopal bishop Charles Jenkins who said Before the storm [Hurricane Katrina], “I thought Christianity and priesthood were primarily about the cult,” Jenkins said. “And doing the actions correctly — holding my fingers correctly at Mass, not wearing brown shoes when celebrating the Mass. That it was getting all those right. “And… Continue Reading

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The Sign of Peace

The Sign of Peace

The rules for the Sign of Peace in the post-Vatican II Roman Catholic Eucharistic rite were left to the individual “conference of bishops to decide in accord with the customs and mentality of the people.” In that rite, it occurs after the Eucharistic Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer and before the Fraction (the breaking of… Continue Reading

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Liturgical Olympics

Liturgical Olympics

My e-friend Fr Tim Schenck has written a wonderful post advocating Liturgical Olympics. This could have Thurible Twirling Everybody loves the daring, gravity-defying thrills of freestyle skiing. Why not transfer this to the skills of our best thurifers? The possibility of setting things on fire adds to the danger of this exciting event. Thurifers show… Continue Reading

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Mass Explained

Mass Explained

Imagine a beautifully-produced 350 page coffee-table-type book, with colour photos, and images down the margin. That is what you get in the Mass Explained app by Dan Gonzalez (website). If you are a generally-interested Christian, particularly a Roman Catholic regular participant at Mass, you will be delighted with this app. I keep wanting to say… Continue Reading

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