Daily Archives: 18 May 2018

Communion But No Mass

Liam alerted me to a development in a diocese nearby to me. (I)n the absence of a priest to offer Mass, the distribution of Holy Communion on weekdays in the parish church during a “Communion service” will no longer be … Continue reading

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Phos Hilaron

Φῶς ἱλαρὸν ἁγίας δόξης ἀθανάτου Πατρός, οὐρανίου, ἁγίου, μάκαρος, Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, ἐλθόντες ἐπὶ τὴν ἡλίου δύσιν, ἰδόντες φῶς ἑσπερινόν, ὑμνοῦμεν Πατέρα, Υἱόν, καὶ ἅγιον Πνεῦμα, Θεόν. Ἄξιόν σε ἐν πᾶσι καιροῖς ὑμνεῖσθαι φωναῖς αἰσίαις, Υἱὲ Θεοῦ, ζωὴν ὁ διδούς· διὸ … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Acts 13:32-39

In the rites for Pastoral Care, the Church gives four options from the acts of the Apostles. Three treat Peter’s experience with healing a man born with deformity in the feet and lower legs. The fourth, from Saint Paul, doesn’t … Continue reading

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GeE 46: Consulting With Saints And Others

Pope Francis reminds us of the wisdom of saints who were well aware of the potential problems of those feelings of superiority, and the strain to consider oneself more-Catholic-than … A balance between head and heart: 46. When Saint Francis … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Colors For Choirs

At choir practice last night, a few members asked me about what to wear at Mass this coming weekend. I don’t like advising people on fashion, but as you might suspect, the question of color came up. Again. I hope … Continue reading

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I have been following the Church situation in Chile, but not closely enough to know if this news of a mass resignation of bishops is a gesture, a confession, or a natural consequence of some Vatican process with Pope Francis. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 437: Pastoral Proposals For The Family

The Aparecida bishops give their people fourteen proposals for ministries to the family. I think many of these are worthy of significant comment. Let’s look to spend several days on this. I’ll offer one or two proposals at a time, … Continue reading

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