Category Archives: Liturgy

VNO 39: For Chastity

This Mass “For Chastity” is a new one since 1998/2002; no Lectionary readings are assigned to it. No proper antiphons are given in the Missal. The only clues we have for liturgy preparation are with the prayers for Mass. And … Continue reading

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VNO 38: For the Forgiveness of Sins

Masses 38 through 50 cover the broad category “For Various Occasions.” The first of these occasions celebrates Mass “For The Forgiveness Of Sins.” The Lectionary refers to this Mass as being celebrated “For the Remission of Sins.” The Rite of … Continue reading

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VNO 34-37: Natural Situations

The following Masses, numbers 34 through 37, have no proper antiphons assigned to them: in time of earthquake, for rain, for fine weather, for an end to storms. The Lectionary does have a small suite of readings from which to … Continue reading

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VNO 33: In Time of Famine or for Those Suffering Hunger

This Mass is #21 in the 1998/2002 Lectionary for Mass, numbers 922 through 926. The world’s main monotheistic religions are big on orthopraxis, or right behavior, when it comes to charity and justice. There is no lack of good thematic … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday

Roman Missal #2 offered a hymn as an alternative to the usual texts for the distribution of ashes. This rubric accompanied: The following song is an alternative, metrically rhymed version of the Ash Wednesday antiphons and responsory. It is provided … Continue reading

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Germs

My boss asked me to craft an announcement for the beginning of Mass. It tags to the welcome of newcomers and visitors and the stand-and-greet we encourage before the first song. It goes something like this: We are aware of … Continue reading

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VNO 32: For Refugees and Exiles

Possibly never before have so many people been on the move, driven out of home, work, and their own culture. Political and economic instability, climate change, organized crime, or the simple aspiration to better education, jobs, or other opportunities for … Continue reading

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