Category Archives: Liturgy

Some Aspects of Peace at Mass

Discussions on the Sign of Peace in the modern Roman Rite are not new to this site. We looked at it five years ago in our survey of the GIRM. We had a follow-up a few days afterward. Visitor Anthony … Continue reading

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Crickets and Sacraments

At PrayTell, Fritz Bauerschmidt wonders about the practice of wordless reception of the Eucharist among clerical concelebrants at Mass. It strikes me we have a lot of dialogue prior to the Communion procession: Eucharistic acclamations, including an Amen response to … Continue reading

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Observing All Souls

Over the years, different parishes I’ve served have observed All Souls Day in different ways. Mass. The Hours. Social gatherings. One of the more significant memories I have was when I was on retreat at a Benedictine monastery one second … Continue reading

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Hands Off Hands Together

My facebook feed included a link to Deacon Greg’s mild takedown on holding hands at Mass. Another link was cited, with some limp-wristed reasoning: The practice of holding hands while praying the Our Father comes from the Protestant world. The … Continue reading

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Misadventures in Roman Documents

I noticed an effort at CMAA’s forum to duplicate a discussion we had here almost five years ago. Looking at GIRM 30 through 41, the author intends to … (highlight) some issues that would at times vary from what I … Continue reading

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A Day Of Opportunity

I was pleased to discover some weeks ago my parish is offering the same holy day schedule this coming Monday as it does for when such observances are obligatory. Compared to Sundays, the numbers will be small. I suppose that … Continue reading

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Summer Common Psalms

One of my parish’s better singers wrote to me about the high(er) bar I’ve placed on psalmists, and it’s continued through June and July: I know I have struggled with several this summer, and I’ve watched other cantors have trouble as … Continue reading

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