Category Archives: Liturgy

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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