Category Archives: Easter

Easter Vigil Litany of Saints

My first exposure to John Becker’s setting was at an RCIA conference in 1993. Other musicians there were going ga-ga over it. And I admit my first impression was that it was a big improvement over the chant version* I … Continue reading

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Act of Hope

O my God, relying on your infinite mercy and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of your grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer. Amen. Liam mentioned this … Continue reading

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Time For Ascension

Relatively few people seem to miss last Thursday’s holy day. I noticed Raymond Arroyo’s Twitter feed got a bit cheeky–ashes for Monday for him in 2016. No need for that, really, as people do attend Ash Wednesday, on the day, in … Continue reading

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Blessed Easter To All!

Practice for that song in heaven, and be ready when you hear that animator announce: Praise our God, all you his servants,*and all who fear him, small and great.’ (Rev 19:5) Saint John testifies that he experienced “the voice of … Continue reading

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Preparing the Candle

On this day, there’s only One Candle. There is a tradition in my parish of embroidered decoration for it. Here is my friend Beth’s effort for this year, right. One additional piece I really liked on this is her inclusion … Continue reading

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The Dog Days of Easter

There are advantages to having an early Easter. Say, about the end of March. When May comes, it’s a big ramp up with sacraments, commencement, Mother’s Day, and Pentecost–all before June hits. Having served in large parishes, I’ve often been … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Easter Octave Extras

In the Easter Octave, there are a few extra pieces. Extra, in the sense of these not being the usual part of a weekday Mass. The Gloria and the Sequence were sung at the student Thursday night Mass last night. … Continue reading

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