Category Archives: Liturgy

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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From the Healing Mass

One of my facebook friends snagged this image from last night’s Mass. My hammer dulcimer is totally obscured; I am not dozing off during the entrance song. It’s an interesting experience, this inclusion of charismatic healing with Mass. I was … Continue reading

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A Psalm Survey For Christ The King

Across the three years of the Sunday Lectionary plus the Roman Antiphonary, we Roman Catholics have some interesting choices for the last Sunday in Ordinary Time. I don’t pretend to offer a thorough study of these several psalms–that would take … Continue reading

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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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