Category Archives: Liturgy

Singing At Daily Mass

Until today, I overlooked the post at PrayTell on singing daily Mass. Songs and hymns at entrance and ending are default in many places. But when I arrived at my parish, the Gospel and Eucharistic acclamations were also in place. … Continue reading

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I Can Help These People

When I visit with people from a parish, or review their website, I ask myself honestly, “Can I help these people?” Obviously, if they need an organist, I can’t help them. If they have a classically-oriented approach, probably not. So … Continue reading

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Seeing Red

Deacon Greg posts on “the story behind the cappa magna.” The aggregator Pewsitter didn’t like his “sneer.” I thought Greg was fairly light in his criticism–he cited a lot of sources like any good journalist–even those in favor. When I … Continue reading

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Are Gestures Needed?

PrayTell has a post illustrating “How To Do The Consecration.” Philip Endean, SJ, leaning toward the “populist,” reacts to the strict notion that the Eucharistic Prayer is uttered to the Father: (T)hese considerations would seem ultimately to suggest we shouldn’t do … Continue reading

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Communion for Infants

Kimberly Hope Belcher offers “5 quick pastoral reasons” for infant Communion. Pastoral is fine. But her points are not without theological merit. The Scholastic/Tridentine heritage of sacramental theology has a pelagian problem. Infant communion will help rid us of heresy. Dr Belcher … Continue reading

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Time For Ascension

Relatively few people seem to miss last Thursday’s holy day. I noticed Raymond Arroyo’s Twitter feed got a bit cheeky–ashes for Monday for him in 2016. No need for that, really, as people do attend Ash Wednesday, on the day, in … Continue reading

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Mother’s Day: To Bless Or Not To Bless?

I’m pretty sure we’ve covered this topic in previous years. A parishioner sent me this missive, advocating for “sensitivity” on what is a troubling day for a few women. No doubt, some people feel excluded by certain blessings their church … Continue reading

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