Category Archives: Liturgy

MR3 Sale

I’m not posting this to hawk product from a publisher. But I did find it interesting that LTP is discounting the chapel edition 25% and the big book 65%. We needed a second missal here. And the bigger book is … Continue reading

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Presider’s Best Friend

We had our second outbreak of sound system popping this Easter. Usually it means a combination of two things: a polyester vestment and longtime storage in the closet. In other words, if it hasn’t been sprayed, the static electricity will set … Continue reading

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First Communion Menu

Today was First Communion for our parish’s youngsters. I had some fun with the group. Neither priest showed up at the group rehearsal yesterday–that’s not a big deal actually. It’s one of the jobs of a liturgist to make sure … Continue reading

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Free Those Feasts!

What does the canonization mean in the day-to-day life of believers, new parishes, and such? Check it here. John XXIII and John Paul II will be optional memorials. Their feast days will not be dates of death, as is usual. … Continue reading

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What Has Passed

I was looking at the Roman Missal prayer for the purification of liturgical vessels: What has passed our lips as food, O Lord, may we possess in purity of heart, that what has been given to us in time may … Continue reading

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Bat Christians

Another great image from the Francis papacy. “Bat Christians.” CNS recounts it: “We’re afraid of joy. It’s better thinking: ‘Yeah, yeah, God exists, but he’s up there; Jesus is risen, he’s there’ (at) a bit of distance,” he said. “We’re … Continue reading

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Which Worship Aids?

I noticed that thread on PrayTell (where my friend Charles gave a good poke) about the option to “spiritually commune” with a liturgy of one’s (traditionalist) choice online. I have a few takes on this. First, it’s not a big … Continue reading

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Private Masses–Bleah!

A PrayTell discussion from last week got bogged down in the permissibility of so-called private Masses. Rita Ferrone offered a dose of sanity: These discussions tire me, honestly. We have such a priest shortage that communities all over the world … Continue reading

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One of Our Own

Iowa State graduate, former parishioner of ours, and soon-to-be-ordained priest of our archdiocese chants the Gospel at a Mass in a humble basilica by a small river in an ancient city. He begins about 24:50 in. The pastor emailed him … Continue reading

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The Best Pastoral Easter Liturgy (That Might Get People To Return Next Sunday)

After a three-hour Easter Vigil, and two stuffed Sunday morning Masses, I was thinking about the ideal Easter Sunday Mass. I’ll mention a few things we did or didn’t do and please feel free to chime in with your parish’s practice, … Continue reading

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Sainted Popes At Liturgy This Easter

The April issue of the FDLC newsletter contained guidance for the domestic observance of the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II. As part of the world, you readers certainly know the canonization will take place on 27 April, … Continue reading

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Church Hospitality: A Two-Way Street?

Blogger Jerry Galipeau has been a man without a parish for some months. Two weeks ago, he wrote about his experience worshiping at different parishes in the Chicago area. And not being welcomed anywhere. Last week he wrote a bit … Continue reading

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USCCB In Liturgy Damage Control

The CARA priest survey on MR3 has hit the Catholic News Service, at least in a small news bit today. The executive director for liturgy at the USCCB was in damage control mode. Msgr Richard Hilgartner concedes “divided opinion” among his brother … Continue reading

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The Latest on English MR3

As of tonight the last four posts on PrayTell all deal with the English translation of Roman Missal 3. Anthony Ruff’s proposal for MR3.1, David Gibson’s musings about a Francis effect in English-speaking liturgy, the “constructive criticism” route, and the release … Continue reading

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The Three

Over the years here (on this blog) and there (elsewhere in the Catholic blogosphere) we’ve discussed a good bit of liturgical music. The three judgments, introduced to most American church musicians in the 1972 document Music in Catholic Worship (MCW), … Continue reading

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