Category Archives: Liturgy

Propers Past and Future for Ordinary 2B

My parish’s music planning group likes the option of propers, of considering what those texts–almost entirely psalms and short Gospel quotes–add to the Church’s Lectionary. To be honest, I find them of questionable value for ordinary time. I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Three Kings, One Gift?

One of the more popular Christmas songs gets its due this weekend, if your faith community moves Epiphany to a Sunday. A little wiki background is here. Remember: we all like gold. Some of us are “allergic” to (frank)incense. And … Continue reading

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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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