05 May 2009

Big "C" Catholic

Click over to Big "C" Catholic and welcome them to the Papist Blogosphere. . .

They are re-posting installments of my piece, "Put Down the Missalette!"

This was one of my first non-homily postings on HancAquam. . .it caused quite a stir in the comment boxes.


  1. oi!

    Father Phil!

    It's been like a week since you updated the wish list!! How am I to not duplicate a book???? I mean, that would, after all, be terribly sad!


  2. oh, I remember that post....and I always wondered if taking notes on the Homily while wrestling a darling dumpling counted....it was the only way I HEARD anything!

    Fortunately she's now big enough for the nursery and my dumpling wresting is confined to the living room......God is Good!!

  3. oh and it looks like they have comments turned off.....so they get a SILENT welcome.

  4. Mom, excellent question...when a book is purchased from the wish list goes to the "purchased list." So, the books listed on the "unpurchased" list are...well...unpurchased!

  5. Anonymous8:31 AM

    Father, the lectors at our parish sound anything but welll-trained and well-prepared (most of them, anyway). They sound as if they're reading the phone book sometimes, to be honest... and as if they just picked up the lectionary before Mass. There are mispronounced words (often the simplest words) and wonky phrasing all over the place, and when ancient place names crop up, well, it can get pretty hairy. I used to be a lector in our previous parish, and we were trained each Saturday before our scheduled Sunday slot. Of course, it's easy to get a bit nervous with a sea of faces in front of you, and I can understand that. Our Deacon, God bless him, can't get through the Gospel w/out a major goof somewhere along the line. I do want to be charitable, but sometimes it's just a bit much. It's the Word of God, after all, and deserves our best efforts in reading and thoughtful preparation.

    Patricia Gonzalez

  6. Patricia,

    Thank you for commenting!

    How would lectoring improve if there were no missalettes to fall back on? IOW, how does the easy availability of the missalette enable bad lectoring?

  7. Anonymous2:46 PM

    There are 2 wonderful things I got from my Anglican background (before coming Home in 2005). They are music training in the boys and mens choir (traditional sacred music with the Mass often sung in Latin), and how to Read the Readings. There was none of this mumbling the words like a common novel, or a recipe book I have also too often witnessed. We were taught to read clearly, slowly and to make consonants clear. Furthermore, we were taught to read according to the spirit of the letter, and make it come alive in its' phraseology. In otherwords, we proclaimed God's Word and as a result, everyone paid attention.