Category Archives: Liturgy

Hands Off Hands Together

My facebook feed included a link to Deacon Greg’s mild takedown on holding hands at Mass. Another link was cited, with some limp-wristed reasoning: The practice of holding hands while praying the Our Father comes from the Protestant world. The … Continue reading

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Misadventures in Roman Documents

I noticed an effort at CMAA’s forum to duplicate a discussion we had here almost five years ago. Looking at GIRM 30 through 41, the author intends to … (highlight) some issues that would at times vary from what I … Continue reading

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A Day Of Opportunity

I was pleased to discover some weeks ago my parish is offering the same holy day schedule this coming Monday as it does for when such observances are obligatory. Compared to Sundays, the numbers will be small. I suppose that … Continue reading

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Summer Common Psalms

One of my parish’s better singers wrote to me about the high(er) bar I’ve placed on psalmists, and it’s continued through June and July: I know I have struggled with several this summer, and I’ve watched other cantors have trouble as … Continue reading

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Cantors And Their Arms

Jerry Galipeau asked “Why do cantors at Mass extend their arm/s or hand/s when it is time for the assembly to sing?” From the blogger: I simply memorize the first few lines of whatever it is that the assembly is … Continue reading

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Sunday Mass Without Music

Pondering that (usually early) Sunday Mass without music, I was thinking back to the parishes I’ve served over the years. My first parish had music at the 8AM Mass, even the Gloria. But the repertoire was basic, and generally different … Continue reading

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Moving On From Lot’s Wife

I’ve always loved the cheek of bargaining with God in Genesis 18. Abraham is well aware of his creaturely status, but comes back again and again to make his case for a few innocents in Sodom. He’s thinking of Lot, no … Continue reading

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