Category Archives: Liturgy

World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Hebrews 13

As I blogged earlier this week, my parish is observing the World Day of Migrants and Refugees this weekend with the permission of our local ordinary. There is a Mass in the Missal for the “theme” of Refugees and Exiles. … Continue reading

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World Day of Migrants and Refugees: Ruth

I wasn’t aware the WDMR (their acronym, not mine) has been a thing since 1914. That was a very interesting first year, as the last Sunday in September was two months after the Great War hostilities began. Our archbishop has … Continue reading

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A Wisdom Canticle In James

Listening to today’s New Testament reading, I was struck by something new: how today’s Scripture and the past week or two have shown a quality of wisdom in the epistle of James. I poked around in the whole letter a … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: Common Preface VII

The English translation of the Roman Missal Second Edition labeled seven prefaces “for General Use.” One more than in the Missal currently in use. ICEL included what appears to be an original composition. What do you make of this text? … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: Common Preface VI

As we get to the last of the six prefaces which are labelled “Common” in the Roman Missal, Third Edition, a reminder that each of these is accompanied by a rubric which states: The following Preface is said in Masses … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: Common Preface V

The fifth of six prefaces which are labelled “Common” is labelled “The proclamation of the Mystery of Christ.” Faith, hope, and love, and what is essentially the Paschal Mystery cited in twenty-one words. The English translation of the Roman Missal … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: Common Preface IV

Let’s discuss “Praise, the gift of God.” This is another preface that can be dropped on any Ordinary weekday when a saint isn’t a required feature for the choice of liturgy. The English MR2: … and the current Missal text: … Continue reading

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Cardinal Cupich On Participation

One side of a continuing discussion on the US Bishops and whatever they might end up writing. With some interspersed commentary, here’s Cardinal Cupich on participation: The Eucharist as Summons to Participation The heart of the Eucharistic prayers we hear … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: Common Preface III

Shall we give “Praise to God for the creation and restoration of the human race”? I remember the mandatum in Mark 16:15, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” Perhaps we think of a weirdness … Continue reading

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Expanding The Communion Repertoire

Or, alternatively, perhaps I could suggest a different direction. Maybe some parishes–mine included–don’t need more pieces, but alternatives instead. When music directors and music publishers compile lists for songs to accompany the Communion procession, there are go-to texts. An inheritance … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: Common Preface II

One of the shortest texts among the prefaces, but a divine phenomenon that is beyond words, beyond gratitude: salvation through Christ. This is one text clearly superior in the translation of the Roman Missal Second Edition: And the third edition: … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: Common Preface I

In the Roman Missal Order of Mass, number 72 marks the first of six texts labelled “Common Preface.” Let’s remember that simple rubric which instructs: The following Preface is said in Masses that have no proper Preface, and for which … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: Common Prefaces

Buried toward the back of the Preface section of the Roman Missal, numbers 72 through 77 of the Order of Mass, are six prefaces which are labelled “Common.” Each of the six is accompanied by a rubric which states: The … Continue reading

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Eucharist Document Opinions

So the USCCB is still writing a document on the Eucharist? I thought that had been tabled. Fr Thomas Reese has some suggestions here. I agree with a few, including deep-sixing Aristotelian philosophy. I believe that the bread and wine … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: The Most Holy Eucharist II

Let’s discuss the second preface for the Eucharist. The reference in the Roman Missal is number 61 in the Order of Mass, about a third of the way through the US edition. This is one of the longer texts of … Continue reading

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