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by John Ainslie
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:32 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Ordo Queries
Replies: 46
Views: 14013

Re: Ordo Queries

The answer is contained in article 133 of the General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours, where it states that the four-week cycle starts on the First Sunday of Advent, the First ordinary Sunday of the Year, the First Sunday of Lent and Easter Sunday. When Ordinary Time restarts after Pentecos...
by John Ainslie
Tue Jan 08, 2013 10:12 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Ordo Queries
Replies: 46
Views: 14013

Re: Ordo Queries

Is anyone aware of clear written instructions on what happens to the Psalter Week following Christmas Day? Does anyone know an official written source which settles the matter? The answer is contained in article 133 of the General Instruction on the Liturgy of the Hours, where it states that the fo...
by John Ainslie
Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:10 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: 4 o'clock Vigil service?
Replies: 22
Views: 7412

Re: 4 o'clock Vigil service?

The Christmas Vigil Mass is the one for the morning of 24 December , usable up to about 4pm when it is sufficiently dark for Vespers and the liturgical day changes to the 25th. Any Mass taking place after that is in fact an anticipated Mass of Christmas , and should use the texts of Christmas Midni...
by John Ainslie
Thu Dec 13, 2012 2:32 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: (M)any takers for the old Mass?
Replies: 21
Views: 7686

Re: (M)any takers for the old Mass?

Don't agree with this at all. High Mass was normal on Sundays as well as on solemnities in the part of the world where I grew up, when many parishes would have a couple of curates in addition to the parish priest, but the Missa Cantata was a rarity — priests were not so comfortable doing it on thei...
by John Ainslie
Sun Dec 09, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Funeral Liturgies in Theory and in Practice
Replies: 30
Views: 15176

Re: Funeral Liturgies in Theory and in Practice

Gareth, We had another thread on funerals not long ago, including a discussion of the increasing practice of having the "memorial words" at the beginning, rather than a eulogy at the end. Having experienced this on a number of occasions, I am all in favour of it, even if it is not in the ...
by John Ainslie
Thu Dec 06, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Carols at Midnight Mass
Replies: 48
Views: 16674

Re: Carols at Midnight Mass

Now here's a question. In the interests of injecting some variety, even originality, into the annual and apparently eternal repetition of the old chestnuts, I have tried inserting into the Christmas Midnight programme carols that folk will have heard elsewhere, like 'Mary's Boy Child' - with very ne...
by John Ainslie
Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:53 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Carols at Midnight Mass
Replies: 48
Views: 16674

Re: Carols at Midnight Mass

Adeste at the end? Singing "O come etc" when they are actually going? You took the words out of my mouth, Alan. We always have this at the beginning, or rather at the end of our vigil as we segue into midnight Mass, to accompany the blessing of the crib. Thats exactly what we do too. And ...
by John Ainslie
Tue Dec 04, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Carols at Midnight Mass
Replies: 48
Views: 16674

Re: Carols at Midnight Mass

alan29 wrote:Hark the Herald.
A real blast and just 3 verses long + the added bonus of impromptu descants in the final verse.

Moreover, if the choir really lets go on the last-verse descant, it might well get a round of spontaneous applause from the congregation - as mine did some years ago!
by John Ainslie
Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Guide for Accompanying Mass
Replies: 37
Views: 12827

Re: Guide for Accompanying Mass

Also 'Glorias' sung in the 'responsorial' form are judged by some liturgists to be inappropriate as the Gloria is a continuous hymn of praise which should be sung or recited without interruption. Welcome to the SSG discussion board, MARYFA - but which liturgists? There are occasions, e.g. Christmas...
by John Ainslie
Sat Nov 17, 2012 6:12 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: BJHN conference speech
Replies: 48
Views: 14536

Re: BJHN conference speech

I think we need an appraisal of the Missal (and Graduale) antiphon texts in relation to their musical usability. The prayers and order of readings were reviewed and revised by the relevant bodies for the revised Missal and Lectionary respectively. The antiphons were left unchanged (a) to respect the...
by John Ainslie
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:35 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Preparing the Liturgy
Replies: 13
Views: 4551

Re: Preparing the Liturgy

Straying perilously close to the topic edge I note that (having temporarily mislaid my current copy of M & L but recalling previously reading the liturgy planner online) following the sequence HOME > MUSIC AND LITURGY JOURNAL > link in the body of the text to CURRENT ISSUE leads to a display of...
by John Ainslie
Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:42 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: Malurgy
Replies: 136
Views: 31195

Re: Malurgy

I remember the open meeting with Cardinal Arinze at Westminster Cathedral some years back when he was in charge of CDW - why do I think it took place on April 1st? Knowing his Nigerian origin, he was asked whether dancing was appropriate in the liturgy. His good-humoured answer was 'no', but shimmyi...
by John Ainslie
Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:42 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: High esteem for the pipe organ?
Replies: 220
Views: 61953

Re: High esteem for the pipe organ?

OK. Liturgy is liturgy. For koinonia and kerygma, see the Wikipedia articles. For diakonia, see the article provided by the World Council of Churches. Only martyria might briefly stump one: it means 'witness' and gives us the name 'martyr'.
by John Ainslie
Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: High esteem for the pipe organ?
Replies: 220
Views: 61953

Re: High esteem for the pipe organ?

Thanks for the support John but let's avoid the exclusive jargon, eh? I presume you refer to my use of five venerable Greek words. I would suggest that anyone who reads this blog has the wit to use Google or whatever to look them up. In this Year of Faith a little education to discover new depths o...
by John Ainslie
Tue Oct 30, 2012 11:25 am
Forum: Liturgy Matters
Topic: High esteem for the pipe organ?
Replies: 220
Views: 61953

Re: High esteem for the pipe organ?

... and the greater challenge is not how to render the song but rather how to ensure that outsiders will 'know we are Christians by our love'. Putting faith into action beond the enclosed space of worship is a focus for the Year of Faith which we are in danger of overlooking if we concentrate on em...