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"Should I genuflect?" What to do during the Sacred Triduum

"Should I genuflect?"
What to do during the Sacred Triduum
The last 3 days of Holy Week allows us to see some ancient liturgical practices as well as the full spectrum of reverences in the Roman Rite, which can be confusing to the average layperson.

Don't ever be confused again! This brief article includes a free reference card that explains what correct kind of reverence should be made during each day and why!

 
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Why Altar Boys?

Why Altar Boys?
“But why, in the name of Martinucci,” exclaimed the Liturgiologist, “must a Mass Server always be a sniveling little brat with his wrists bursting out of his cassock far too short for him, a very imperfect knowledge of the responses he has to say, and a generally rowdy and unedifying appearance” “Pere, Pere,” remonstrated the Antiquary.  Peregrinus Goes Abroad
 
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These FREE notes feature detailed instructions for the servers (and celebrant), diagrams, and footnotes. They also include many tips and explanations about the preparations and execution of the ceremonies absent from other manuals. 

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Extra-Liturgical Devotions

Extra-Liturgical Devotions
“Very well, then,” said the Antiquary, warming up to the discussion, “If these extra-liturgical functions are extra, why must they always conform to a custom as strict as it is silly, and never vary at all? Nowadays, when Vespers is a forgotten office in our parish churches, we seldom have any sort of an evening service..."  Peregrinus Goes Abroad
 

The Moderate Pace

The Moderate Pace

In the Gospel of St. Mark, the perfection of Christ’s humanity is described with the phrase “He hath done all things well.”

The altar server has many opportunities to sanctify himself and serve intelligently and reverently by executing his office of acolyte "at a moderate pace"...

 

On Bells

On Bells
I was just going in to town to get a ‘Sanctus Bell,’” said the Antiquary. “We have a gong, but I seem to remember you once wrote something about gongs being forbidden.”

“If I didn’t, I should have, and I will,” replied the Liturgiologist. “For the tribe of gongs seems on the increase..."  Peregrinus Goes Abroad

 
 
 

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