Category Archives: Liturgy

Not For Lilies Only

I heard a few parishioner comments in favor of multiple angiosperm species being used for interior decoration this Easter season. Not just lilies. Art & Environment isn’t under my purview at my parish, but I like this notion all the … Continue reading

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Gladhanding at Mass

As I wind down blogging on this site, I thought I’d touch on some last topics. Long-time readers likely know my opinions on liturgical burps such as applause, percussion instruments, and lay ministries. So there may be a handful of … Continue reading

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Easter Vigil Litany of Saints

My first exposure to John Becker’s setting was at an RCIA conference in 1993. Other musicians there were going ga-ga over it. And I admit my first impression was that it was a big improvement over the chant version* I … Continue reading

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Of the Evangelist and Eagles

Today’s apostle was the patron of one of the parishes I once served. It seems like a tough time for a patronal feast in an ordinary parish; the bustle of Christmas Eve and Day is past and many people in … Continue reading

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When Sunday and Christmas Collide

I think I can guess that nobody is keeping their Sunday schedule for Christmas. Unless your parish only gets a Saturday Mass. It’s a given that Big Christmas for Catholics has shifted from midnight to the earliest Eve Mass. Why lament … Continue reading

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A Dose of Humility

For over a year I’ve been playing with the ensemble that leads music for our parish’s fifth Sunday Mass, the one mostly prayed in Spanish. My fine predecessor directs the choir from the piano, so I get to play guitar … Continue reading

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When The Cup Is All Empty

PrayTell reports on the word from above in New Hampshire. One commenter there offered this opinion, which pretty much sums it up for me: I also wish pastors and bishops would not withhold the chalice from me during flu outbreaks. … Continue reading

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