Category Archives: Liturgy

The Visit

  One of the more intriguing depictions of today’s feast is here by the American-born artist Brigid Marlin. Most parishes will probably stop at the first reading from Zechariah and not consider the option from Saint Paul, which reads in … Continue reading

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Funeral Purple

Friend and once-contributor John Donaghy sent me two images of a stole he uses for funerals. His report from Honduras: Here most of the priests use purple, though the bishop wore white for the funeral of a priest two years … Continue reading

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A History of Liturgical Color

Fascinating post here at PrayTell on clerical vestments. Curious was the medieval option for saffron yellow for feasts of confessors. The author Markus Tymister muses on funerals, and the contemporary options for black and purple: In the earliest centuries, Christians … Continue reading

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Royal Wedding Liturgy Bits

I can thank the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the busiest day on this site. More than four thousand searchers were sent here from the google to research the “royal” Scripture from Romans 12. No such bump today–only 16 … Continue reading

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Communion But No Mass

Liam alerted me to a development in a diocese nearby to me. (I)n the absence of a priest to offer Mass, the distribution of Holy Communion on weekdays in the parish church during a “Communion service” will no longer be … Continue reading

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VNO 49: For Giving Thanks To God

The final listed Mass under the heading of Various Needs And Occasions is an annual event for most parishes … on the fourth Thursday of November. According to the Church, a community can pray it at other times, but I … Continue reading

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How To Preach A Funeral

The easy answer here is: I have no idea. In this PrayTell thread, the topic was Pope Paul VI’s personal thoughts and feelings about liturgical reform. We’ve all heard the apocryphal stories of the Holy Father getting ready for Mass … Continue reading

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