Category Archives: Rites

Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 5:1-12

Here we have another Scripture passage used at weddings, and fairly often. I have experienced it a few times at funerals as well. (This site’s commentaries are mine for weddings and Fran’s for funerals.) Why is this passage so loved? … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 12:1-2, 9-19

Thanks to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Romans 12 has seen a bit of a resurgence in popularity at weddings. At least in online popularity. The summary of this reading for weddings is nearly six years old. You can … Continue reading

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Confirmation Names

An interesting discussion unfolds this week at PrayTell on the practice of taking a confirmation name. For the purpose of full disclosure, I admit I have such a name. I also admit that I didn’t discourage the young miss when … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 15:9-14

Toward the end of the long section in the Rite of Penance (RP 101-201) there is a reading which shares most of the verses with two suggested for weddings. It is from Jesus’ farewell supper with his disciples. What does a … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: John 19:13-37

The suffering and death of Jesus from the Passion of Saint John’s Gospel is a single offering in the Reconciliation Lectionary. Let’s read: When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus out and seated him on the judge’s bench in … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 26:69-75

It is a timely reading for Holy Week, and we hear Peter’s denial every year at this time. Sometimes twice. Would we add a third time at a Communal Penance liturgy, or in form I with an individual penitent? As … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 31:10, 15-17, 20

We treated the 31st Psalm earlier in this series, looking at verses 2 and 4-6. This psalm also appears as a suggestion for the sample penitential services in appendix II of the Rite of Penance under the title of “sin … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 22:31-34

Appendix two of the Rite of Penance provides a number of sample liturgies. Under theme of “sin and conversion” three possible Gospel readings are given. One takes us to the conversation between the chief of the apostles and the Lord: … Continue reading

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Penance By Appointment: A Secretary’s View

I was glad to see the “Penance By Appointment” post get a little attention yesterday. It fell far behind the usual centers of attention here–readings for funerals and weddings. Even the reconciliation readings page got more views. I knew Liam … Continue reading

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Penance By Appointment

In my parish’s print bulletin, this semester’s hours for the Sacrament of Penance are listed: 3:30 PM Saturday 8:00 PM Thursday & by appointment I’ve heard the occasional fuss online (never really in a parish) about that last line, when … Continue reading

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The Rudder of Missed Opportunities

In starting this post, let me reiterate that on this blog, I welcome and appreciate dissenting views. And friends like Liam, whom I’ve never met face to face, certainly through more than a decade of associating with me, are as … Continue reading

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That Kneeling Pope

Rocco wrote, “(N)o Pope has ever been seen as a penitent.” That never occurred to me when blogging about it last week. Perhaps I’ve become accustomed to seeing priests confess to one another in form II. Perhaps I’ve become accustomed … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Confesses

As my parish’s two communal reconciliations approach, a question arises in connection with the Holy Father’s surprise for his MC. Did you read about it: (A)s Msgr. Guido Marini was showing which confessional the pope would be using to hear … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Exodus 17:1-7

This weekend’s first reading is a classic of the Lenten Scriptures. It is one of the few readings cited for being the inspiration for a Psalm. (The 95th–which we will also sing this weekend.) The bracketed portion is the extended … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Wisdom 5:15-16

This is another non-Lectionary Scripture. It is part of a much longer reading suggested for the sacrament of Penance. When I was reflecting on this during my daily prayer, it struck me as ideal for a funeral. Brief. One point. … Continue reading

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