The Guéranger Blog

Welcome to the Gueranger Blog! You have stumbled across the notebook I use to record my thoughts as I read through Dom Prosper Gueranger's 15-volume set, The Liturgical Year. I do not have any special expertise in liturgy, but I have some general knowledge of Catholic theology and an enthusiasm for Gueranger's magnum opus. Think of it as the Liturgical Year fan site!

Posts: Family Use

The Gifts of the Spirit

Gueranger has a fine set of meditations on the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, one for each day of the octave of Pentecost (IX,331 and going on). Each meditation is about the right size for reading out loud to the family. This is a perfect example of a good family use of the octave. I think...

The Octave Idea

OK, here's another "liturgical recycling" proposal. As I have worked through Gueranger, I have found the eight-day meditation on a particular feast to be very effective. The new liturgical calendar suppresses almost all the octaves in the year, however. For family purposes, why not...

Liturgical recycling

Dom Gueranger comments (IX,273) that the Easter candle used to be lit again at the vigil Mass of Pentecost, because this Mass was a kind of second Easter vigil when it came to administering the sacraments of initiation. So they used to keep the Easter candle burning during the time when Jesus...

A prayer for the days between Ascension and Pentecost

Beginning on the Friday after the Ascension (IX,194) and continuing until Pentecost (called Whit Sunday in our English translation of The Liturgical Year ), Dom Gueranger prefaces each day's meditation with the antiphon of the Magnificat from Vespers. It seems to me that this would make a...

A New Category of Posts

If you look to the right side of your screen and down a little, you may notice that I have added a new member to my list of categories: "Family Use". I have often posted a prayer or a new translation of a hymn on this blog with the thought that it would be handy for my family to have...
 
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