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epistemology question

By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 18, 2007

Before Sunday Mass, the lector approaches the microphone and says: "Good morning. There are no announcements before Mass this morning."

What just happened?

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 23, 2007 9:52 PM ET USA

    He just reversed knowledge of the obvious.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 22, 2007 7:20 PM ET USA

    As awful as this might sound, it is probably better to commit this solecism than the lector remaining silent. There ARE people who will be wondering what happened.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 20, 2007 7:10 AM ET USA

    He forgot the word "other" after "no."

  • Posted by: - Sep. 20, 2007 6:40 AM ET USA

    Yes,indeed, he's dropping the flag - for the non-stop complainers. "Gentlemen, start your engines." The mass begins. "And they're off!"

  • Posted by: - Sep. 19, 2007 12:44 PM ET USA

    Phew! Good thing he let them know. Imagine how distracted everyone would be during Mass wondering, "Did they forget to make announcements before we got started? Are they going to remember after Mass? I really hate it when they make us wait until the end to find out what's going on!"

  • Posted by: - Sep. 19, 2007 12:30 PM ET USA

    The bishop has written to all pastors, discouraging blowing into the microphone and saying, "Testing? Testing?"

  • Posted by: - Sep. 19, 2007 10:53 AM ET USA

    This page is intentionally blank!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 19, 2007 8:07 AM ET USA

    The audience - sorry, congregation - all clapped with one hand.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 10:27 PM ET USA

    He just broke protocol and acted in a presidential role when he is to serve only a (instituted) ministerial or extraordinary ministerial role which is actually introduced by the presiding priest to attend to the office of reading of scriptures only. Only when no deacon is present, the lector may do the following: (1)In the procession to the altar, wearing the appropriate vesture, (2) may carry the Book of the Gospel. (3)Announce intintions following General Intercessions. See GIRM 194-198

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 9:19 PM ET USA

    Pardon me. On second thought, it was more likely: Eubulides of Miletus

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 9:18 PM ET USA

    Epimenides Liar's paradox from the 6th century BC as quoted by the Apostle Paul in his letter to Titus.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 9:04 PM ET USA

    It is similar to making this statement: "There is no true statement."

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 8:51 PM ET USA

    The lector's "Good morning" greeting is not to be omitted.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 4:47 PM ET USA

    What happened? A performative contradiction. He ANNOUNCED that there were no announcements; in fact there was one announcement, i.e. that there were no announcements!

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 4:40 PM ET USA

    Perhaps he wanted to let the people know that when there were no other announcements that it wasn't because they failed to hear them or someone forgot to announce them?

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 1:42 PM ET USA

    In the Diocese of Honolulu, each week now the priests are instructed to begin making the people aware of the attempt to regularize rubrics of the Mass. Each week they take an aspect an give it 5 minutes during the homily. This past week pertained to silence before Mass, entering into the correct disposition. Silence - I liked that. What a revolutionary concept for babyboomers. Get out of the way, please, Mr. Lectorus Maximus.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 1:09 PM ET USA

    The lector was making an announcement after the previous Mass.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 12:18 PM ET USA

    It was the first celebration of the "Extraordinary Rite" of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at that parish since Summorum Pontificum and the lector had to prep the parishoners since the priest doesn't do announcements before Mass starts in that Rite.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 11:55 AM ET USA

    "full, conscious and active participation" in the liturgy has been achieved.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 11:37 AM ET USA

    He did not say there wouldn't be any announcements after Mass.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 11:32 AM ET USA

    The tree that fell in the forest with no one to hear made a noise.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 11:03 AM ET USA

    The "lector" or emcee has just dropped the flag. It is the modern equivalent of the console light coming on at the pipe organ.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 18, 2007 10:48 AM ET USA

    the lector just made an announcement.

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