Update on the Blogger’s Choice Awards

April 16, 2007 | 5 comments

I’m excited to see that many Catholic blogs are in the lead. Also, a heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted for me. I sincerely appreciate every single vote.

If you would like to vote, it takes about 30 seconds to create an account, and keep in mind that you can vote for multiple blogs (like mine and, say, the ever-brilliant DarwinCatholic).

[…And I have finally started writing a post about Easter Vigil, which should be up soon.]


  1. Mike J

    Perchance could you, or another Catholic hereabouts, write up a description of the Easter Sunday morning service in the Catholic Church?

  2. SteveG

    Mike J,
    Good to see you again, and happy Easter!

    The Easter Sunday mass is liturgically very similar to an ‘ordinary’ mass, in structure at least. Of course the Alleluia which has gone unused during Lent is unveiled, and the entire focus of the liturgical music, lighting, decorations, etc. has now taken on a tone of celebration and triumph.

    In reality the switch has already been done at the previous night’s Easter Vigil Mass, which is probably what might interest you more.

    That is really the beginning of Easter (as you likely already know) and is the most dramatic and important liturgical celebration of the Church year. It is where all those entering the church are initiated either through baptism, confirmation, or reception of the Eucharist (for a person like Jennifer who was un-baptized, it would consist of all three).

    Wikipedia’s section on the Roman Catholic celebration of The Easter Vigil is actually pretty decent as far as getting the general details correct. Of course, flat words on a page can’t do justice to the beauty of the liturgy. Simply stating…

    “Once the candle has been lit there follows the ancient and dramatic rite of the Lucernarium, in which the candle is carried by a priest through the nave of the church, itself in complete darkness, stopping three times to chant an acclamation such as ‘Christ our Light’ or ‘Light of Christ’, to which the assembly respond ‘Thanks be to God’.”

    …doesn’t capture what it’s like to enter a pitch black, totally silent Church as the first parts of the vigil are celebrated.

    Anyway, hope that helps.

  3. Mike J

    Good to see you too. And a Joyous Pascha to you too.
    Thanks for the input. I got a pretty good idea I think from the description. There are many elements similar to the EOC so I think I can make the connections pretty well.
    You’re right about having to be there to really “get it” though. It’s simply not possible to get the whole flavor of an ancient, celebratory liturgy from text. Even a video would miss it.

  4. Kiwi Nomad 2006

    jen… I am glad you have started writing about the Vigil, and look forward to your account. As a “non-practising” Catholic, you give me lots of food for thought on your blog. I have printed off your Confession account for more thought.

  5. Father Stephanos, O.S.B.

    Vote for all the Catholic blogs at least on the first page of “Best Religion Blog”.

    We want to blast that atheist blog off of that page.


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