Category Archives: Rites

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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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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