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Setting the Tone (Part 3)

By Dr. Laura E. Moore If the principal baptismal days are emphasized anew, appropriated anew, might the baptismal covenant itself effectively be used as the basis of instruction and formation for most of the liturgical year, for groups of every age? Leonel Mitchell notes that “since the fourth century the content of the creed has provided the topic headings for the instruction of candidates for baptism. . . .”14 The baptismal covenant, whose centerpiece is, of course, the Apostles’ Creed, could be divided into sections appropriate to each baptismal day and its preceding season of preparation. Baptism or the renewal…

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Setting the Tone (Part 2)

Baptism at Easter (and pre-eminently at the Easter Vigil), and Lent as a season for baptismal formation and preparation, has been gradually re-discovered and re-appropriated by the churches since the mid-twentieth century. But what of the other primary baptismal days and the weeks that precede them? As All Saints’ Day stands now, it is wedged in among the last few Sundays of Ordinary Time and I suspect, because of this, its theological and liturgical richness and its fitness as a baptismal day is often overlooked. If, instead, it becomes the culmination of the liturgical year, might its “new” position (or…

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Setting the Tone: Expanded Advent?

“At the heart of [the Advent Project’s] proposal is a desire to re-expose the churches to ‘the great eschatological themes of Advent. . .’”1  What else might this proposal re-expose the churches to? What might be the implications of an expanded Advent for the overall shape of the liturgical year? What opportunities and challenges might this proposal present for the rest of the liturgical year? While I propose nothing definite in this essay, I hope to raise questions that will inform our ongoing discussion, as well as that of communities who think our proposal has merit. Using our proposal, this…