Category Archives: Liturgy

VNO 4: For the Election of a Pope or Bishop

This morsel from 1 Samuel 2:35 gives this Mass its entrance antiphon: I will raise up for myself a faithful priest, who shall do according to my heart and mind; I will establish a lasting house for him and he shall walk before … Continue reading

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VNO 3: For The Bishop

Another “top four” VNO Mass is “For The Bishop.” The rubric at the top of the page reads as follows, very similar to VNO #2: This Mass is said on the anniversary of the Ordination of the Bishop wherever special celebrations … Continue reading

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VNO 2: For The Pope

The second Mass listed for Various Needs and Occasions is “For the Pope,” and this liturgy is designated “Especially on the Anniversary of Election.” Currently, the anniversary is March 13th, which will always be Lent. There is an important rubric that precedes the given antiphons and prayers: This Mass is … Continue reading

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Circular Letter on Bread and Wine

An English translation of the “Circular letter to Bishops on the bread and wine for the Eucharist” is now circulating publicly. (Full English translation here.) This is a document published by the Congregation for Diovine Worship and the Discipline of … Continue reading

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VNO 1: For The Church

Some years ago, we blogged on Masses And Prayers For Various Needs And Occasions. In the GIRM, sections 368-378 cover the universal regulations on their use. You can check our brief comments here and here and here. The USCCB’s unannotated text … Continue reading

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Looking At Liturgy In Unleash The Gospel III

One of the “markers” in the pastoral letter, Unleash The Gospel treats the “Holy Eucharist” directly. Archbishop Allen Vigneron cites Pope Benedict’s encyclical Sacramentum Caritatis to begin his point: In the Holy Eucharist we reach the summit of our participation … Continue reading

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Looking At Liturgy In Unleash The Gospel II

From Detroit this Pentecost, Archbishop Allen Vigneron released a pastoral letter, Unleash The Gospel. He mainly addresses the contemporary Church’s enormous need to recover a spirit of evangelization. And indeed, much much more than a spirit. His letter includes a plan … Continue reading

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