Category Archives: Liturgy

Christmas Vindication, Sorrow, and a Symphony

Not many parishes adopt the Christmas Vigil readings these days. Perhaps that long genealogy is considered child-unfriendly material. The annunciation to Joseph, wonderful as that optional shorter portion may be, seems out of place. Get on with the baby Jesus … Continue reading

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Worst Liturgical Color

As a matter of pragmatism, most vestment catalogues offer a set, sometimes discounted, of the chief four liturgical colors: green, white, violet, and red. This weekend is one of two rose Sundays in the calendar. I confess my parish has … Continue reading

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Canadian Bishops New Doc

The CCCB released a document, “The Missionary Dynamic of the Parish Today.” I’ve only had a chance to scan it briefly. One section treats liturgy, and in the interest of maintaining my cred as a liturgy blogger, here it is: … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Placing The Lord’s Prayer in Penance, Form II

The worship office forwarded the FDLC materials for Advent the other day. They provide a “canned” liturgy for form II of Penance, the communal celebration with individual confession and absolution. I don’t intend to be derogatory in saying “canned.” I find … Continue reading

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Tough Reading For Elder Siblings

In the era of Pope Francis, this bit from today’s first reading hits hard: The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal, but the sleek … Continue reading

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Deeper Hospitality

One of the struggles of most parishes–mine certainly included–is how to “do” hospitality. Years before I arrived, “ushers” and “greeters” were “replaced” with HM’s, hospitality ministers. The implication is that they do more than greet and ush. In principle, they … Continue reading

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Armor

I had meant to post the written transcript of what I preached the other Thursday night at the student Mass, but clearly, I didn’t get around to it. When I was a boy I loved insects. The praying mantis was … Continue reading

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