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VNO 28: After the Harvest

Harvest is a time of celebration for rural communities. Hard labor is done. A product has been gathered and sold at market. A different kind of work beckons farmers, ranchers, etc.. But celebrate first! Many of the Scriptures given for … Continue reading

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Mediation and Possible Gnosticism

A pseudonymous commenter offered this: “The general rule today is for Mass to be said “facing the people.” While this seems to be “pastoral,” in fact it is a circumstance of great theological significance. In the traditional Mass, both the … Continue reading

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VNO 27: At Seedtime

Europe was a collection of agrarian cultures for most of its history. Farming was also important in the ancient Middle East. So we’ll have a large collection of Scripture and tradition from which to draw. In the Lectionary for Mass, … Continue reading

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VNO 26: For the Sanctification of Human Labor

Workers need prayers. Somehow, I don’t think the big-time colored Masses with bishops and white collar pros use these prayers and readings. But maybe I’m wrong. Looking at music first, just to mix things up: Entrance Antiphon Genesis 1:1, 27, … Continue reading

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VNO 25: At the Beginning of the Civil Year

The 25th VNO Mass, for a celebration “at the beginning of the Civil Year” is an interesting piece. The Roman Missal gives this rubric: This Mass may not be used on the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, … Continue reading

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VNO 21-24: For Civil Needs of Government

Beginning with the 21st VNO Mass, we look to various “Civil Needs.”  Some of them have no proper antiphons assigned, Masses for the nation or state (#21), for those in public office (#22), for a governing assembly (#23), or for … Continue reading

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VNO 20: For a Spiritual or Pastoral Gathering

What qualifies as a “Spiritual or Pastoral Gathering”? Maybe the liturgical texts can give us a notion. In the 1998 edition of the Lectionary for Mass, this “need” is fused with the occasion of a council or a synod. We … Continue reading

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