Category Archives: Rites

Wedding Extras

The wedding I served as a musician this past weekend had no unity candle, but a ceremony for washing feet. One of our recent graduates married in another state the same day. A few of my staff colleagues attended. They … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Colossians 3:1-10, 12-17

The Wedding Lectionary offers verses 12-17 as a possibility. You can check a wedding-friendly essay here. Scripture scholars have remarked on the similarity between this section of Colossians and Ephesians 5 on which we posted last month. The main difference … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 55, From The Heavens

The conclusion of Isaiah 55 was recently a first reading for an ordinary Sunday. Like the other sections of this chapter, it has inspired much sacred music. Let’s read, then discuss, and perhaps offer a conclusion or two. For just as from … Continue reading

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Confirmation Fast

The 2014 edition of Worship includes yet another examination of the sacrament of Confirmation. Timothy Brunk looks at “The Sacrament of Confirmation in a Consumer Culture.” It pushes the idea of a return to a traditional order of the initiation … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 55, Seek The Lord

Reconciliation is all about seeking God. In the classic tale of sin and return, Luke 15’s two sons, Jesus relates that the movement toward the father, and by implication to God the Father, is the essential vector for a returning … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 55, Come To The Water

The lyrical and lengthy fifth reading from the Easter Vigil is one of the many dozens of options for the Rite of Penance. It’s the entire fifty-fifth chapter of the prophet Isaiah. And it’s too much to cover in one post. It … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: James 3:1-12

The Reconciliation Lectionary gives four passages from the Letter of James, and this post reviews one of the two lengthy offerings. To whom much is given … Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters, for you … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: James 2:14-26

One might ask what the discussion about faith and works is doing in the Reconciliation Lectionary. It’s a frequent Christian discussion, sometimes an unfortunate argument across our sad divisions, as to what Saint James means when he insists that faith … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 123

This is one of the shorter pieces in the Psalter, a humble prayer for those on pilgrimage to Jerusalem. (Cf. Psalms 120-134) The entire psalm text is given as an option in the rite at number 144. The antiphon is: … Continue reading

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Servicing Weddings

When I was at Creighton University last month, I got involved with music in the on-campus parish, St John’s. There’s a music rehearsal room in the very back, behind the apse. A sign informed me: Music rehearsal room Saturday 4pm … Continue reading

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On Some Wisconsin Baptisms

I notice that the Diocese of Madison issued a press release last Friday to inform the general public about its practice of baptizing children of same-sex couples. A priest I know (in another diocese), when he was requested to preside at such … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 5:1-14

Ephesians 5 gets a lot of attention for how its author dealt with the relationship of husband and wife. Be assured the Rite of Penance doesn’t touch upon this chapter’s hot spot. There are shorter versions of this reading in … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Exodus 20:1-21

The Ten Commandments. Today the cornerstone of Mosaic Law has become a banner for the culturewar. Might I presume you readers know your commandments, even if they are not posted at the county courthouse? Check verses 2 through 17 if you … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 2:1-10

Section 157 in the Rite of Penance gives a long section of Ephesians 2 as an option for a reading. As with other reflections in this series, we’ll look at the passage not as a Bible Study as such, but … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 4:23-32

The Rite of Penance number 158 gives us a long reading from Ephesians 4: verses 1-3, then 17-32 as a choice for proclamation. The Rite also offers a shorter option with verses 23-32. This reading is suggested for use in a communal … Continue reading

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