about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: Rite of Marriage
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
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
I don’t know how often this happens these days. I never saw it ten years ago. But at today’s parish wedding, there was a guy “standing” with the four bridesmaids. He had a tan suit like the groomsmen, but a … Continue reading
My pastor likes to steer couples away from the unity candle. Or sand. Or stuff like that after the exchange of vows and rings. I had never experienced washing feet at a wedding until I arrived at my current parish. … Continue reading
There are two small changes in the exchange of consent in ICEL’s 2013 draft of the Rite of Marriage: I showed this to my wife, who wasn’t as miffed as she was when I first told her that the Church … Continue reading
I don’t have any experience of the use of this reading at a wedding liturgy. Possibly because it was authorized as an official choice in the second edition of the rite, a version which has yet to be promulgated in … Continue reading
Last year, I played at something like seven weddings of friends. I won’t be matching the friend total this year, but I may have as many weddings on the playing docket. There have been three so far, and I have … Continue reading
In thirty years of playing at weddings I had a first tonight. Sixty-some minutes before the wedding, it surfaced that groom and bride had no wedding license. They thought the church provided that. No, we do not. Our city is … Continue reading
Liturgy News, the quarterly organ of the Brisbane (Australia) Liturgical Commission, had a brief look at this clunker from the new Roman Missal. (I)t remains doubtful whether a revised translation (of the Rite of Marriage) along the lines of the … Continue reading
For the first time since I can remember, the couple at yesterday’s wedding recited their vows from memory. The priest held the book at the ready, but their eyes were on each other. I’ve noticed a huge variety in clergy … Continue reading
I composed this psalm for friends over twenty-seven years ago. I noticed the comment from a visitor asking about a musical setting of Psalm 33 for a wedding. I have an audio of my psalm setting here: The Goodness of the Lord … Continue reading
I like Scott Alessi’s piece on marrying at Sunday Mass. It’s a decision my wife and I have never come close to regretting. Here we are processing in together during the entrance song: Isn’t that a great dress? My sweetie made … Continue reading
One of my staff colleagues married one of our parishioners this past weekend. They chose a Gospel passage I had never before experienced at a wedding: Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass … Continue reading