Category Archives: Easter

The Armchair Liturgist: Sixth or Seventh Sunday?

When the directive surfaced to observe Ascension on the nearest Sunday rather than the traditional Thursday, an option was offered in its wake. I don’t see it mentioned on the USCCB site today. I do remember that instead of losing … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Paschal Candle and Easter Adoration

On his blog, Father Paul Turner responds to a question about adoration of the Blessed Sacrament during the Easter season: should the Paschal Candle be lit? Sit in the purple chair and render judgment. Is this Candle only for Mass? … Continue reading

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Unifying Easter

I noticed a piece at PrayTell pondering the variance in the observance of Easter in Christianity.  To this day, the fact that Christians celebrate Easter on different days puzzles some Christians and annoys others.  Yet the issue is no longer … Continue reading

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Bread and Wine

Some few decades ago there was much handwringing about wording in the Roman Missal first edition, and in some songs that accompanied its use. A fine priest I knew got his socks bothered over Laurence Rosania’s “The Supper of the … Continue reading

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Red Egg

According to legend, Mary Magdalene brought a snack–eggs–to those in vigil at the Tomb. When she and the Lord had their “Noli me tangere” moment (presumably not uttered in Latin) the eggs in her basket turned red. The legend continues: … Continue reading

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Gather IV Review: Easter

What’s the next stage of our review of GIA’s newest edition of the Gather hymnal? Easter, naturally. The season, not the day. Twenty seven entries are hymn-tune heavy. Here’s a breakdown for numbers 556-582: traditional organ + choir, 10 contemporary stanza … Continue reading

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A Blessed Easter To All

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Of Easter Baptism, To Share in The Suffering of Christ

Cyril of Jerusalem, 4th century Easter wisdom: You were led down to the font of holy baptism just as Christ was taken down from the cross and placed in the tomb which is before your eyes. Each of you was … Continue reading

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The Purple of Easter

There’s chocolate, but the packaging … Green, I can understand. “Happy Easter” with purple, not as much. The chocolate says, “Blessed Lent to you, but don’t give up on me.”

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Easter Vigil and Sunday Compared

For me, it’s down to the last minute for charting out Easter Vigil and Sunday. Other colleagues seem to be in a similar mode. On a sacred music site, this post and questions: I have a few questions about planning … Continue reading

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Two Views?

It’s not an Emmaus year, at least not on Sundays. A social media friend cited Dale Ahlquist’s piece on Catholic-Protestant views on the story of Luke 24:13-35. I’d like to think I have a non-trivial background in Christian art and … Continue reading

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The Barque of John 21

The Roman Lectionary offers a most intriguing reading today. The twenty-first chapter of the fourth Gospel finds a frustrated Peter at the end of a fruitless effort. Jesus offers effective guidance: “Cast the net over the right side of the … Continue reading

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A Time To Die, A Time To Be Reborn, The Same Time

From The Jerusalem Catecheses, in the Office of Readings for the Easter Octave: [Solomon] spoke of a time to give birth, and a time to die. For you, however, it was the reverse: a time to die, and a time to … Continue reading

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Easter Sequence Rerun

Richard Clark discusses the possibilities here. We’ve discussed it on this site a few times through the years. I was sorry the idea never came up in my last parish. Liturgical ideas like extending the celebration of Easter Sunday to … Continue reading

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Truly Christ is risen. image: the American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1910, The Three Marys

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