Category Archives: Holy Week

Prudence In The Cathedral

I celebrated my first Chrism Mass in over two decades last week. Last time: my parish hosted a Tuesday morning liturgy. It was fun, and an honor. The core of the music ministry was my parish’s resurrection choir. Our guest … Continue reading

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Scenes From Livestream Prep

You can check: the up-to-eight persons are distanced. Before Holy Thursday: And Holy Saturday, about EV-minus-20 minutes: It looked pretty bright to me, but the video/streaming crew brought in big-time lighting. I can’t watch the replays–my one flaw as a … Continue reading

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Freeing Souls

So many things to like about this image from the 15th century master. As with all the Orthodox icons I’ve seen, a demon has been crushed under the door. Jesus reaches out a hand to someone. And in this image, … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Good Friday Communion This Year

The question, as of late, has been more me to my boss, “How are you doing?” Yesterday, she beat me to the punch. I was quiet during our Good Friday walk-through, which is unusual for me. I certainly have opinions … Continue reading

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I miss the experience of washing feet. Not just this year. I served in a few parishes where my wife, daughter, and I shared the experience of washing and being washed. Other parishioners, too, obviously. Sometimes a few hundred at … Continue reading

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Holy Saturday Confessions

Some parishes offer a confessor’s time. Others do not. Sometimes the reasons for either are good. Or well-intentioned. For the record, a celebration of the Sacrament of Penance is not forbidden on Holy Saturday. I can’t honestly recall a parish … Continue reading

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Why do we profess Jesus descending to the dead in the Apostle’s Creed? When I was a boy, I confess this seemed a bit strange. I didn’t give it much thought, though. The Bible gives a few hints (1 Peter … Continue reading

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On Good Friday

Good Friday quote from the 6th century from Saint Romanos the Melodist: Let us lay aside all tiresome arguments and attach ourselves to the one on the cross. If it seems right, let us all go along with Peter to … Continue reading

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My one great sadness for today: we do not wash each other’s feet at Mass. We’ve fussed and fought about women and non-Catholics. We assume people won’t want to take off their socks and shoes. We use the Pilate gesture … Continue reading

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Palm “Origami”

I read Lizette Larson’s interesting research on folding palms into crosses and other objects. Is this a practice to be encouraged? When I received palm leaves from my first last-Sunday-in-Lent, I didn’t want them folded up into crosses. I left … Continue reading

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Holy Saturday

A day of rest and hope: Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. (Psalm 16:9-10)

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Confidence: not a word one might first associate with Good Friday. But in today’s reading from Hebrews the word stood out for me, and seemed worthy of reflection: So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy … Continue reading

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Thursday Prayer

O God, in the fullness of time you revealed your love in Jesus the Lord. On the eve of his death, as a sign of your covenant, he washed the feet of his disciples and gave himself as food and … Continue reading

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It Was On Holy Wednesday

An English Christmas Carol, “All In the Morning” gives us this verse: It was on Holy Wednesday And all in the morning, That Judas Betrayed Our dear Heavenly King And was this not a woeful thing? And sweet Jesus we’ll … Continue reading

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Olive Branches

I did notice some days ago this note on PrayTell about a shortage of palms in New Orleans. Because of the deep freeze that hit hard this January, palms that are typically plentiful in New Orleans are now in short … Continue reading

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