Category Archives: Holy Week

Socks Off

David Gibson summarizes two millennia and recent history on washing feet Holy Thursday evening. He does stumble when attributing it to “church law.” Viri selecti is descriptive of a 1956 presumption, and hardly prescriptive. Except for people who want it … Continue reading

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I See

I was thinking about Joseph Plunkett’s poem. I first read it in the poetry appendix of Christian Prayer more than thirty years ago. The musical setting I was first familiar with was that of Michael Joncas from his collection Every … Continue reading

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More Hand Wringing on Feet Washing

From England and Wales, Father Paul Gunter, secretary for the department for Christian Life and Worship, weighed in a few days ago on washing the feet of Holy Thursday women. To sum: don’t do as the pope does, do as … Continue reading

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Getting Into My Gig, Part 2

Last week I described my exit from the world of full-time secular work. My experience of the Paschal Triduum twenty years ago this month at St Charles Borromeo Parish in Bloomington, Indiana was certainly an eye-opener. I had the immediate … Continue reading

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Nearly Midnight

I have a mixed heart today. This afternoon I heard the encouraging news of the Holy Father’s Mass in the Roman youth prison, which included washing the feet of young women and Muslims. Surely this must be throwing some of my … Continue reading

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Spy Wednesday

In the NAB, we read in Luke 22:4-5: (Judas) went to the chief priests and temple guards to discuss a plan for handing him over to them. They were pleased and agreed to pay him money. Pleased? The NRSV gives … Continue reading

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Snacking on the Word: Luke 22:33-34

I was struck by Peter’s earnest support in today’s Passion reading: Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and to die with you. And we know how that ended. Jesus said: I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Acclamations During The Passion Reading

This might be in that twilight zone of things recently frowned on, but my parish has a long tradition of musical acclamations inserted within the Passion Gospels. I see the Lucan refrain of the thief on the cross used in many … Continue reading

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