Category Archives: Liturgy

Hands Again

Some Catholic topics never go away. I noticed that Patheos is recycling the hand-holding discussion here. But I found a reasoning cited I admit I’ve not seen before: It can’t hurt to spread the word as much as we can. … Continue reading

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VNO 17: For The Unity of Christians

Much ink has been spilled–and many computer keystrokes tapped–in criticisms of the third edition of the Roman Missal and its English translation. Amidst the problems of unintelligibility, one valid complaint is with the layout of the Missal itself. The seventeenth … Continue reading

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The Problem Of Chit Chat

I see many keystrokes online are devoted to the latest from Pope Francis on liturgy: Mass isn’t the time for chit chat. It’s a time for silence, to prepare for dialogue, a moment of gathering yourself and prepare for meeting … Continue reading

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VNO 16: For Reconciliation

It is impermissible to celebrate sacramental confession as part of Mass. But there are aspects of the Rite of Penance that do not involve a sacramental form. It might be a curious occasion if a priest is available for Mass, … Continue reading

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VNO 15: For Promoting Harmony

This Mass seems less about music, or even our political situation as such. Remember the context–it is found under the heading of “For Holy Church” and includes the first twenty VNO Masses. The 1998/2002 Lectionary will be of no help to … Continue reading

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VNO 14: For Vocations To Religious Life

The ninth VNO Mass is for Vocations to Holy Orders. The fourteenth is for the same intention for religious life. In the 1998/2002 Lectionary, the two are listed together. Not so in the Roman Missal. The readings are as one … Continue reading

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VNO 13: For Religious

The thirteenth Mass For Various Needs And Occasions is “For Religious.” We have options A and B. The latter is for the twenty-fifth or fiftieth anniversary of profession. I think we assume the former is for any community’s important occasion. … Continue reading

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