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A Mimetic Doctrine of the Church: The Locus of Desire for Salvation

The first thing to be said about a mimetic ecclesiology is that it produces a very strong doctrine of the church. Not strong in the sense of triumphalism, but in the sense of essential: if human beings desire according to … Continue reading

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Holy Week Potpourri

A jumble of things that have been going on this week: – On Monday, Pope Francis sent a Passover telegram to the Chief Rabbi of Rome: A few days on from our meeting, and with renewed gratitude for your having … Continue reading

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Lamb of God

NCR reports that the previously-granted permission for a common adaptation of the text of the fraction rite has now been withdrawn. Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us. It has been common … Continue reading

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Six Eight Months Later*

(*I meant to write this after six months, but life’s been busy!) Well, it’s been six eight months now since we bade farewell to the ICEL translation of the Roman Missal and started using the new, so I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Why go to church this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday?

Let me tell you about the Easter Triduum. The word means “three days” in Latin, and it means the three days that are, essentially, the High Holy Days of Christianity: Holy Thursday (or Maundy Thursday in some traditions, from the … Continue reading

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Ashes to go?

Some of our Anglican sisters and brothers have started taking a different approach to Ash Wednesday: they’re taking the ashes out of church and out to meet people where they are. Although I have some reservations about this idea, I … Continue reading

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Nathan Englander’s and Jonathan Safran Foer’s “hyper-literal” Haggadah translation? « BLT

As we’ve been talking about translation, I thought I’d reblog this BLT post on a new “hyper-literal” translation of the Haggadah, the prayerbook/script/order of service used for the Passover Seder. Theophrastus quotes portions of an NPR interview with translator Nathan … Continue reading

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And Also with Oops.

That was pretty much my experience with the “Lord be with you” dialogues at Mass tonight. I got the first one right, because I was thinking about it. But the others — and by the way, I never noticed how … Continue reading

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Missa Est

Gracious God, we thank you for the gift of the 1970 ICEL missal, which we now put to rest at the direction of the bishop of Rome. In its words, for the first time in centuries, generations of English-speaking Catholics … Continue reading

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Amazing Grace

One of the things that is optional in the Catholic Mass is a communal song of praise and thanksgiving after communion. This has never made sense to me in terms of the flow of the liturgy, and I’ve never been … Continue reading

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