Category Archives: Rites

Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 18:15-20

This passage is much-loved by those who tout the apostolic authority of the Church. But for us ordinary lay folk, it is about as down-to-earth as it gets with regard to the matter of specks and planks. Jesus gives one … Continue reading

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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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