Category Archives: Liturgy

Propers Past and Future for Ordinary 5B

A year ago in cycle A, the Gospel narrative follows up last Sunday’s Beatitudes with Matthew 5:13-16–the Lord’s sayings on salt and light. It’s a rather people-focused reading, urging the disciples to live virtuously (presumably according to the values outlined in … Continue reading

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Propers Past and Future for Ordinary 4B

This past weekend, an extract from a long psalm served as the entrance antiphon. The 106th is an interesting choice (as the conclusion of a community lament) to yoke to the 122nd, a psalm for the pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Entrance Antiphon … Continue reading

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Accompaniment and Dialogue: Good Liturgical Principles

The never-ending liturgy wars heat up a bit on PrayTell this week with the post announcing Pope Francis helping in the observance of the fiftieth anniversary of the use of the vernacular in Rome by Pope Paul. Of course, 1965 … Continue reading

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Cost of Bread

We haven’t had a poll in a long time. It’s budget time in my parish, and while the cost of altar bread isn’t a big concern, it is a line item on the spreadsheet. What do you think we spend … Continue reading

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Foot Fever

The Vatican hasn’t announced where Pope Francis will be washing feet this year. I noticed hand-wringing on this link headlined at Pewsitter today. The exhibition on the evening of Holy Thursday is constitutive of meaning for the Catholic Church and … Continue reading

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Servers, Service, and Sex

One subset of priests I’ve known over the years have been musicians/never-pastors. In one parish I served, a semi-retired navy veteran who was a fine organist had regular liturgical duties. He preached once a month. He accompanied the choir every … Continue reading

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Propers Past and Future for Ordinary 3B

I think the point of good liturgy preparation is not that every element is totally aligned–as long as we have a New Testament letter read in ordinary time, this will never be the case. Nor do I think we need … Continue reading

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