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by FrGareth
Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Liturgical Tourism
Replies: 212
Views: 54345

Re: Liturgical Tourism

Last Saturday I was at the Catholic Cathedral in Armagh for their Vigil Mass. Their choir doesn't operate during July and August so the musical leadership consisted of the presiding priest and a pre-recorded track at communion. From memory, Mass unfolded like this: Entrance: one verse of a rather ma...
by FrGareth
Mon Aug 06, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Liturgical Tourism
Replies: 212
Views: 54345

Re: Liturgical Tourism

I am currently on holiday in Ireland. Yesterday (18th Sunday B) I climbed the mountain of Croagh Patrick, where there is a small oratory at the top. Mass hadn't been scheduled publicly (and I couldn't have predicted how long it would take me to haul my ample frame 764 m above sea level) but having m...
by FrGareth
Wed Jun 06, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Mary, Mother of the Church
Replies: 9
Views: 1013

Re: Mary, Mother of the Church

Is anyone else marking the new feast of Mary, Mother of the Church on 21 May? We've been asked to host a Mass for our pastoral area. But I just can't get my head round the suggested psalm: 86 with the refrain "Of you are told glorious things, O city of God" – and I'm not sure how it follows on from...
by FrGareth
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:11 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: 'Cursed' Cross
Replies: 3
Views: 685

Re: 'Cursed' Cross

Christ became a curse for us, according to Galatians 3:13... and any gallows tree was intrinsically cursed. I think it's fair. All our curses were hung upon that Cross. So it's the most cursed Cross I could ever contemplate! But I've got no problem venerating a cursed Cross, since every time I recei...
by FrGareth
Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:11 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: The Best Narthex in Christendom
Replies: 10
Views: 1234

The Best Narthex in Christendom

On the grounds that a Narthex is a liturgical space, I hope this isn’t off-topic… We are looking to re-design our church's narthex. How do we minimise clutter, while allowing it to be a community space? Do you know any really good examples of churches that deal with all the “stuff” we are sent to gi...
by FrGareth
Thu Jul 14, 2016 11:31 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: How accessible is your church?
Replies: 16
Views: 11936

Re: How accessible is your church?

The key concept with "reasonable adjustments" is what is reasonable. At seminary, we were taught that one of the relevant criteria is how the cost of making disabled adaptations compares to the funds available for maintenance and actually spent on maintenance. If a church has not enough mo...
by FrGareth
Wed Apr 06, 2016 2:43 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Order of Celebrating Matrimony
Replies: 3
Views: 1492

Order of Celebrating Matrimony

I've just received my new copy of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony . It doesn't include the Eucharistic Prayers so has to be used together with an altar missal - though it does have the embolisms for EP1, 2 and 3 so you can have the embolism alongside the Missal rather than an awkward page turn th...
by FrGareth
Sat Nov 07, 2015 11:50 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: The Holy Year of Mercy - are we doing anything?
Replies: 17
Views: 6203

Re: The Holy Year of Mercy - are we doing anything?

As Diocesan Director of Evangelisation, I am beginning to think about non-sacramental liturgies which could be celebrated in Holy Door churches in such a way that they would be meaningful to non-Catholics and those Catholics unready to avail of confession. If anyone has useful resources, please save...
by FrGareth
Sat Nov 07, 2015 11:47 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Remembrance Prayers
Replies: 0
Views: 1202

Remembrance Prayers

Resource that might be useful for this Sunday or 11th November: Since 1968, a Service for Remembrance Sunday has been commended for general use by the Archbishops of Canterbury, of York, and of Wales, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, and the Moderator of the Free Church Federal Council. This ...
by FrGareth
Sat Nov 07, 2015 11:45 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: The Preparation of the Gifts is not usually an appropriate p
Replies: 31
Views: 8765

Re: The Preparation of the Gifts is not usually an appropria

I'm coming late to this discussion, but I note the national guidance ranks a hymn or music at this point as "priority 3" on a par with singing Kyrie Eleison, Agnus Dei or a recessional! http://www.liturgyoffice.org.uk/Resources/Music/Singing.shtml
by FrGareth
Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:45 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Proclaim 15
Replies: 8
Views: 3255

Re: Proclaim 15

I am the Proclaim'15 co-ordinator for my diocese. Each co-ordinator was given the invidious task of selecting 35 individuals from their diocese to attend this limited-seats event in Birmingham. Since we are a small diocese, I wrote to all Parish Priests asking them to recommend delegates, as well as...
by FrGareth
Thu May 28, 2015 10:16 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: O clap your hands
Replies: 5
Views: 2410

Re: O clap your hands

No clapping, but when it said 'Sing a new song' I preached this: https://catholicpreacher.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/sing-a-new-song-to-the-lord/
by FrGareth
Mon Apr 06, 2015 5:17 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Sprinkling in different directions
Replies: 1
Views: 1283

Sprinkling in different directions

Christ is Risen - and the big liturgies are done - Alleluia! Now is the time to recover, debrief and reflect. And I am reflecting on the differences in Sprinkling Rites: Easter Vigil: Water is blessed. Baptisms, if any, take place. Then the sequence is: * Call to prayer * Threefold renunciation of t...
by FrGareth
Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:39 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Confirmation at the Vigil
Replies: 3
Views: 2011

Re: Confirmation at the Vigil

The PP must apply to the Diocesan Chancery for the faculty to confirm the person concerned. Whether this is usually granted, or whether the diocesan bishop prefers to ask such persons to wait until he celebrates parish confirmations, is a policy set by each bishop in his own diocese. But the PP may ...
by FrGareth
Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:31 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Eucharistic Adoration
Replies: 17
Views: 5810

Re: Eucharistic Adoration

A few careful distinctions are needed here.... (1) Between Adoration AS Evangelisation and Adoration FOR Evangelisation There are a few initiatives around where Adoration is used as a means of evangelisation - the retreats run by Youth 2000 or the 'Nightfever' drop-in model of urban ministry. These ...