Category Archives: Rites

Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 10:32-45

Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem–the final hour approaches. He predicts his Passion, and offers great detail. Peter is not the one with foot in mouth in this episode. James and John jockey for top billing … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 2:1-12

The appendix of the Rite of Penance offers a handful of themes to those prepare a liturgy. That preparation might involve a communal service at the Church. But it might well lead to a home celebration. In that instance, the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 12:28-34

The inquiry about the greatest commandment appears in two other Gospels (Matthew 22:34ff and Luke 10:25ff). The former is a suggestion for a Penance liturgy under the theme of “Love is the fullness of the law.” I suppose Mark’s version … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 11:22-12:2

The book of Wisdom can be difficult. At least I have found it so. It is also rich with very lyrical passages. These are well-represented in the Lectionary, notably in the sacrament of Penance and for funerals. As I was … Continue reading

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Non-Catholic, Bishop, and Funeral

It almost sounds like a joke, the combination of words, and the way some Catholics are fussing on this. Bishop Tony Palmer plus funeral Mass. He wasn’t a Roman or a Catholic. Oh, and from Pope Francis, a consideration of the … Continue reading

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Serving At Their Own Wedding

I just met with a remarkable engaged couple earlier today. They asked about serving at Mass in some way. Since they were both Communion Ministers as students here, I assumed that’s what they meant. I still get the occasional couple … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 148

In the Order of Christian Funerals, there is a chapter, the 13th, dedicated to all the readings for funerals for adults. Following this is a brief chapter, the 14th, giving readings for “Funerals for Baptized Children.” The Scripture passages are … Continue reading

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