Category Archives: Liturgy

Here I Am: Praying with Psalm 40, Isaiah, and Martin Luther King

The text of a prayer I cobbled together some years ago, perhaps helpful for an observance of Monday’s holiday: Psalm: (this recited version, or preferably a musical setting like this or this or this) All: Here I am, Lord; I … Continue reading

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Human Composting

I heard this bit on a local NPR station the other day, sort of a trial balloon on human composting. Some interesting bits: The human composting … involves placing bodies in vessels where they can be covered in wood chips … Continue reading

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In my new archdiocese I’ve encountered an interesting liturgical practice: the anticipation of significant feasts, sometimes more than a week in advance. This year, with the Immaculate Comception observance falling on a Saturday, the cathedral observed Our Lady of Guadalupe … Continue reading

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Last Christmas

One of our parishioners posted this capture on facebook with a note reminding us this would be the last Christmas in the old church. It’s a long story connected with the parish founding. As was told to me, the founding … Continue reading

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Of A Number Or Two

My parish often sings the Psalm setting from a section of our missal apart from the readings. In this year’s annual edition, Psalm 80 is number 777, and we utilized it this past weekend for the fourth Sunday of Advent. … Continue reading

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On Christ The King

  A facebook friend mused about clergy referencing the instituting of yesterday’s feast. It must have been in the air, since two of the four homilists I heard this past weekend, did mention bits about 1925. I’m sure I’ve heard … Continue reading

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Liturgy Q&A: Thanksgiving

Have a parish Mass? Well, certainly. More to the point, which Mass to celebrate? “Giving thanks to God” is considered a “various need and occasion,” and probably the option most frequently encountered “VNO” in the US. You can check the … Continue reading

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