Funny typos you've seen/made in worship aids
  • eft94530eft94530
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    Morning Offering final phrases:

    "and in particular for the intentions of our Holy Father for this month."

    Neice age 6: Why is he the Holy Father for this month?
  • a_f_hawkins
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    This week we offer prayers for all who volunteer in our community. Particularly those who drive the elderly from their homes.
  • matthewjmatthewj
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    There was a time when we listed the birth and death dates of composers. Caesar Franck for some reason got a misprint that made him live for like 200+ years. I bet you never even knew he was a vampire.
  • Jackson,

    Correct the sentence thusly:


    His daughter married Dietrich Buxtehude, who succeeded him.
  • Richard MixRichard Mix
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    Caesar Franck… a vampire.
    The name changes (NG has Melchior, Johann, César, Amsallem, Eduard, Thomas) were to throw the townspeople off the track.
  • This week we offer prayers for all who volunteer in our community. Particularly those who drive the elderly from their homes.


    The only typo I see is a period instead of a comma. Other than that, I don’t think that’s a typo.
  • Neither exactly nor inexactly a 'typo' in a mass leaflet, but a confusing sentence about Henry Purcell from the notes of one of my current recital programs. Though it can be 'understood' in two ways, I have decided to let it stand -

    'He grew up in the shadow of Westminster Abbey. His father, who was a member of the Chapel Royal, died when he was five years old. He was thus left in the care of his uncle...'

    (There are times when 'context' is everything!)
  • From a rural parish's bulletin (edited to remove names to save from embarrassment):

    The parish is honored to welcome His Excellentence, Bishop N., for the Installation of Father N.

    The Installation is to be held at the 12:05 Mass at the St. N Parish on Thursday, August 22, East of the Queen Ship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • TCJ
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    Not a bulletin, but last week I was commenting to the secretary about how last year the lector substituted "immortality" for "immorality" in the passage, "refrain from all immorality." What do you know, but the lector said "immortality" again!
  • tandrews
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    A friend shared this on facebook: "Remembrance Sunday: We will remember those killed and injured in conflicts during our morning service."
    Thanked by 2CHGiffen ncicero
  • Here's a good one:

    Agnes Dei

  • In the worship aid for a funeral: "Final Condemnation." Not sure if that was the "predictive text" auto correct or other ...
  • a_f_hawkins
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    In the Bleak Mudwinter- Darke
    Thanked by 1Carol
  • In some places where I've lived, 'Mudwinter' is accurate.
  • I once heard a deacon during Holy Week mess up when reading for Christ: “Father, into your hands I condemn my spirit.”

    I nearly fell over the banister of the loft.
  • An invitation to a parish youth group's "Super Bowel Party."
  • vansensei
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    Once saw (not in person, but on FB) "No Hay Dios Como Tú" accidentally shortened to "No Hay Dios"

    Este es el misterio de nuestra fé.
    Thanked by 1ServiamScores
  • Vansensei,

    "There is no God like you", shortened to "There is no God"?
    [I'm not a Spanish speaker, but is that right?]
  • Keiran
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    For Christmas our church leaflet asked us to sing "to save us all from Santa's power".
  • Keiran,
    Anymore, with the commercialism that Christmas has become, that's not such a bad thing to sing!
  • "I am the serpent of the Lord."
  • Hugh
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    The old classic "My God I Love Thee Not"
  • An oldie but a goodie:

    “Remember you are butt dust, and to dust you shall return.”
  • CatherineS
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    I will remember 'butt dust' every Ash Wednesday for years to come. And probably laugh out loud when the priest says it.
    Thanked by 1Carol
  • a_f_hawkins
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    Translation of Paschale Solemnitatis currently available from Liturgy Office CBCEW
    97. ... a sprinkling with water blessed at the Vigil, ... The entrance steps to the church should also be filled with the same water.
    Hat tip to Dom Anthony Ruff.: Golly, the antiphon Vidi aquam takes on new meaning with its “I saw water flowing from the temple…”
  • Actually I wish the term 'worship aids' would vanish from people's minds. It sounds so hackneyed, so unceremonial, so temporary and purely utilitarian, artless, so un-worshipful, like something a producer (not a churchman) would come up with, etc.
    Service folder, mass folder, mass leaflet, or some such seems to me more appropriate for an important part of worship that should be something one would wish to keep.


    I've been using the term "Mass Guide" (if I remember correctly, Liturgical Press used that term for their "Celebrating the Eucharist" missalette back in the day), or, in the case of a non-Mass event, "Liturgy Guide".
    BMP
  • bhcordovabhcordova
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    My big problem with missalettes and worship aides is that we produce something that contains Sacred Scripture that is meant to be disposable. It gives the impression that what is sacred is disposable.
    Thanked by 3Carol tomjaw hilluminar
  • BHCordova,

    As with the entirety of the ORdo of Paul VI, its worship aids and missalettes propose that what is sacred is disposable, ephemeral.
    Thanked by 2tomjaw KARU27
  • a_f_hawkins
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    Oh would that some church somewhere had a Catholic equivalent of the Cairo Genizah!
  • bhcordovabhcordova
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    CGZ, What about worship aids for the Extraordinary Form? Are they not also disposable?
  • tomjaw
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    @bhcordova
    CGZ, What about worship aids for the Extraordinary Form? Are they not also disposable?

    Most people have Missals, a nice pocket sized book that covers the whole year. Nowadays lots of people are using their 'phones which have various apps to show the text. As for any handouts ours are collected and placed in a filling cabinet, because we can use them again next year. The N.O. ones go in the bin because they can't be used next year.
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    ,,, using the term "Mass Guide"

    Is that anything like a Guided Missal?
  • ServiamScores
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    Nowadays lots of people are using their 'phones which have various apps to show the text.


    To my delight our diocese just issued a formal letter stating that the use of projectors and digital screens is now prohibited. (You cannot proclaim the gospel at the ambo from an iPad.) I don’t believe it prohibits PiPs from pulling the readings up that way, but nothing formal may use them. This is, IMHO, a most excellent policy.
  • Which diocese?
  • M. Jackson Osborn
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    I was writing the word 'pass'' and had not noticed that I had left out the letter 'P'. Fortunately one more read through before printing said typo was spotted and the word was redeemed.. And the people relieved of something to gaggle about.
    I do have some predictable typos. One is writing about the 'nagles' at Christmas time.
    Thanked by 1Carol
  • ServiamScores
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    Sorry I’m late in responding to this: Fort Wayne/South Bend.

    I’m particularly pleased because we used to have a priest who would often substitute an iPad mini for the missal… (sadly, I’m not joking).
    Thanked by 1tomjaw
  • Elmar
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    Speaking of phones, tablets and apps (a bit off topic):

    Last Sunday our lector - there aren't altar servers any more in that parish, not even girls - forgot to ring the altar bells at the consecration. Almost immediately a cellphone started ringing somewhere in the congregation... and continued until the memorial acclamation.
    Can anyone point us to a decently programed altar bell app?
  • ServiamScores
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    Can anyone point us to a decently programed altar bell app?

    One humble parish I played for was nothing much more than a glorified living room and could only squeeze in about 40 people. Tiny little one-red-light town type thing in rural Oklahoma. They had a clavinova there, so I would use the tubular bell sound at the consecration... It was reasonably effective and better than nothing, I suppose. lol
    Thanked by 1Elmar
  • tandrews
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    I've been tempted to use the zimbelstern when the rookie altar servers miss their cue.
  • CatherineS
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    @Serviam, I know an iPad-Missal priest, and another who likes to pull up a nice meditative tune on his iPhone during Communion and set the phone on the Missal near to the microphone so it feeds into the sound system...
  • I had thought that 'canned music' was forbidden.
    Thanked by 2tomjaw Elmar
  • CatherineS
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    It is, as far as I am aware.
    Thanked by 2tomjaw Elmar
  • ServiamScores
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    Catherine, that sounds just wretched.
    Thanked by 1tomjaw
  • Jackson,

    So were girl altar boys, noisy, secular instruments and style of music, laymen distributing Holy Communion and other abberations of our age.

    What a glorious time to be alive!
  • Chris -
    It is good that we are alive now, for this time is indeed glorious compared to what is to come on this once sublime planet. The disappearance of Santa Clause's homeland and the vast unnatural fires and storms and floods wreaking destruction all over the planet are just the beginning - not to mention that a totally destructive war is more than likely to happen ere this century is out. Kyrie eleison! There hasn't been a time in 6.000 years at which monstrous weapons had been invented that they had not eventually been used. Our leaders, all over he world are like children fighting over toys and are taking ever greater chances with our disposable lives. We are their pawns
    Thanked by 2CHGiffen Elmar
  • ServiamScores
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    I did hear one priest say once that the saints would likely envy us, in a certain sense, if they could, in that the opportunities for our own mortification are so superabundant. Our modern society is so iniquitous that it takes a heroic amount of virtue to survive, and thus our opportunity to garner merit is exceptionally high as well.
    Thanked by 3tomjaw Elmar CatherineS
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  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Not sure how many spotted this one: Pox vobiscum
  • Elmar
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    Hopefully the bishop didn't get confused!
    Like in the following story (attributed to Cdl. Simonis, archbishop of Utrecht; not verified):

    "In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit."
    "Amen."
    (to the usher) "There is something wrong with the microphone."
    "And with your spirit."
    Thanked by 1CatherineS
  • Chuck - it may be possible that 'pox' was what he really meant - as in 'a pox be upon your house'
    I have run across a few priests who might have meant just that..