Category Archives: Liturgy

Which Worship Aids?

I noticed that thread on PrayTell (where my friend Charles gave a good poke) about the option to “spiritually commune” with a liturgy of one’s (traditionalist) choice online. I have a few takes on this. First, it’s not a big … Continue reading

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Private Masses–Bleah!

A PrayTell discussion from last week got bogged down in the permissibility of so-called private Masses. Rita Ferrone offered a dose of sanity: These discussions tire me, honestly. We have such a priest shortage that communities all over the world … Continue reading

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One of Our Own

Iowa State graduate, former parishioner of ours, and soon-to-be-ordained priest of our archdiocese chants the Gospel at a Mass in a humble basilica by a small river in an ancient city. He begins about 24:50 in. The pastor emailed him … Continue reading

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The Best Pastoral Easter Liturgy (That Might Get People To Return Next Sunday)

After a three-hour Easter Vigil, and two stuffed Sunday morning Masses, I was thinking about the ideal Easter Sunday Mass. I’ll mention a few things we did or didn’t do and please feel free to chime in with your parish’s practice, … Continue reading

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Sainted Popes At Liturgy This Easter

The April issue of the FDLC newsletter contained guidance for the domestic observance of the canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II. As part of the world, you readers certainly know the canonization will take place on 27 April, … Continue reading

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Church Hospitality: A Two-Way Street?

Blogger Jerry Galipeau has been a man without a parish for some months. Two weeks ago, he wrote about his experience worshiping at different parishes in the Chicago area. And not being welcomed anywhere. Last week he wrote a bit … Continue reading

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USCCB In Liturgy Damage Control

The CARA priest survey on MR3 has hit the Catholic News Service, at least in a small news bit today. The executive director for liturgy at the USCCB was in damage control mode. Msgr Richard Hilgartner concedes “divided opinion” among his brother … Continue reading

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The Latest on English MR3

As of tonight the last four posts on PrayTell all deal with the English translation of Roman Missal 3. Anthony Ruff’s proposal for MR3.1, David Gibson’s musings about a Francis effect in English-speaking liturgy, the “constructive criticism” route, and the release … Continue reading

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The Three

Over the years here (on this blog) and there (elsewhere in the Catholic blogosphere) we’ve discussed a good bit of liturgical music. The three judgments, introduced to most American church musicians in the 1972 document Music in Catholic Worship (MCW), … Continue reading

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Annunciation

Today is the second white feast of Lent. Christmas minus nine months. When the parishioner who oversees vestment dry cleaning came in for the “spring cleaning” Sunday, I remembered to have her save a white chasuble. Aside from white, the … Continue reading

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Crown of Thorns Up

The Lenten crown of thorns got lofted up the west wall today. The view from the entrance and narthex: It seems massive compared to most church decorations, but it almost gets lost in the vast spaces of empty walls in … Continue reading

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Sub Zero But Clear

Anticipating I wasn’t going to be happy about shoveling out in below-zero temps this morning, I cleared the home driveway and walks last night after church. Sure enough, my car thought twice before igniting. Minus-nine Fahrenheit. It was another f-word … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Naked, And You Clothed Me

I’m on the fence about books of homilies. A confession: I wrote for a homily service for several years back in the 90′s. I was given three assignments each quarter, and I tried my best with them. But toward the … Continue reading

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Throwing In The Towel

I’ve been following NLM these past few weeks, and commenting there a bit. I think they forgot they banned me a number of years ago. My days may already be numbered there–who knows? Another voice seems to be giving up … Continue reading

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Lost Bread

My Monday sacristan reported this morning we were out of large altar breads–the size we use on Sunday. Just last month I had a supply of a few hundred. One of our parishioners asked me what the attraction might be, … Continue reading

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