Category Archives: Liturgy


Rita Ferrone, a scholar and liturgist I admire, penned this piece for PrayTell. She makes a case, a good one I think, for bishops to get going and institute people into the ministries of lector, acolyte, and catechist. She begins … Continue reading

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Weddings Outside of Churches

A social media friend alerted me to a five-year experience in an Eastern archdiocese permitting a Catholic wedding at a location other than the parish church. A nice feature here. I won’t pad this post with relevant testimony. In the America … Continue reading

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Sensory Mass

A social media friend posted this on her feed. It’s a great idea. Some questions: Not co-sponsored by the office of worship? Is it monthly? Do they choose big Sundays like Pentecost, or holiday weekends like Memorial Day? Shorter homilies–if … Continue reading

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Liturgical Cue Cards

One thing struck me during the Coronation earlier today. Except for children reading prayers of the faithful, I’ve not seen cue cards in liturgy. They likely wouldn’t have been printed in red and black, if I had ever used them. … Continue reading

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Grant Me The Serenity

I noticed a social media influencer is doing a podcast tomorrow on the so-called liturgy wars. I find the term singularly unhelpful, and said so on the advertising platform. Naturally, someone was drawn to my comment to ask what about … Continue reading

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During Communion

Yesterday I was following the ordination of my archdiocese’s newest auxiliary bishop, Michael Izen. I was somewhat late to the livestream, but at the 2:32:20 mark, the Communion procession was about to start and the production team began playing audio … Continue reading

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Real Epiphany

Today is a favorite day for many Catholics to utter an annual complaint that today isn’t an obligatory Mass attendance day. Frankly, except for the whining, I’m in agreement with this line of thinking. As a start. There’s more (or … Continue reading

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EP 4 Preface on Christmas

I’ve blogged on Eucharistic Prayer IV before, like here. Nearly two years ago, I was thinking about it for Lent, but my pastor has chosen it last weekend as well as this morning for the Mass during the Day.  Even … Continue reading

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Show Us Saint Anne

My unofficial poll on the need to explain today’s feast came to a disappointing conclusion: clergy and theologians both need schooling on whose conception is observed today. A social media friend posted an image from Conception Abbey of Mary as … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Reminder: 1 Timothy 6:6-11, 17-19

A new suggestion for my experience on Thanksgiving Day, and an appropriate companion to the Deuteronomy 8:7-18 reading. Two important reminders for people in my country: a touchstone on religion with contentment, and also a warning for the rich. Let’s … Continue reading

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Priests or People?

Archbishop Cordileone gave an interview with CNA. Some liturgy questions and answers popped up at the end of it. It’s always interesting to see a totally different point of view from most Catholics. What do I mean by that?  Clergy … Continue reading

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Considering Themed Masses

I noticed PrayTell blogger Fr Neil Xavier O’Donoghue pondering “Days of Prayer” here. From the essay, this lead-off: Last Sunday was observed as Mission Sunday. Yet this is not, strictly speaking, a liturgical observance. I have often seen observances such … Continue reading

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The Mass as Safe Space

Talking about the Mass with me, a friend recently pondered the notion of the liturgy as “safe space.” I’m aware the concept began as a consideration for non-hetero people to be able to learn, work, and express themselves in some … Continue reading

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A Mundane Vocabulary

Twice in the past few days, a social media feed has alerted me to a new wordonfire book: Friends, Advent is the liturgical season of vigilance or, to put it more mundanely, of waiting. During the four weeks prior to … Continue reading

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Of Gluten and the Appearances of Bread

I take for granted the prescription about unleavened wheat in the recipes for Eucharistic bread. In my parishes over the years, others are more guarded about their health. The best parish practice I experienced was to put the people of … Continue reading

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