Category Archives: Liturgy

VNO 19: For Persecuted Christians

The nineteenth Mass for a need or occasion is “for persecuted Christians.” The need is very much with us today. Not in North America so much as elsewhere in the world, especially mission lands and the traditional cradle of early … Continue reading

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VNO 18: For the Evangelization of Peoples

There is an important, overlooked rubric at the beginning of this section: This Mass may be used even on Sundays of Ordinary Time, whenever there are special celebrations for the work of the missions, provided it does not occur on … Continue reading

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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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