Category Archives: Liturgy

Obligation and Opportunity

I first heard my previous pastor distinguish between holy days several years ago, citing that observances of Thanksgiving, Ash Wednesday, and Holy Thursday were “holy days of opportunity” that many believers would take advantage to celebrate some aspect of their … Continue reading

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On Long-Winded Prayers

This ongoing discussion at PrayTell illustrates the value of public intercessions at liturgy being non-specific. The bishops of England and Wales have a problem with the 2008 TLM rewrite of Good Friday, as translated: Let us also pray for the … Continue reading

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For All

Pope Francis followers might not escape the claims of neo-ultramontanism. But I did note dotCommonweal’s mention of this tidbit from his address last week in Florence, something I missed on the first read: (Y)ou know well that the Lord shed … Continue reading

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Extra-Liturgical Chatter

I read Andrew Mountain’s brief reflection here on PrayTell. It’s somewhat personally relevant, as the mid-morning Mass at my new parish exemplifies this quality. After reading friend Charles’ comment, I noticed the CMAA echo chamber is in full reverb over … Continue reading

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Blah Blah Blah

On a PrayTell thread belittling translation, Scott Pluff related this experience: In a recent conversation with a parishioner, he admitted that the only parts of Mass that he pays attention to are the Gospel, the homily, the music, and the … Continue reading

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Opening Doors

Pretty soon, some areas of the Church will be entering the winter indoor sickness season. Pastors and the occasional bishop will place restrictions here and there on receiving Communion or touching people at the exchange of peace. More rare will … Continue reading

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Weakness

It is not often I take exception to my friend Liam’s words and attitude, but it illustrates the situation in which the Church finds itself with regard to liturgy. And recently, the matter of the words of liturgy. I believe … Continue reading

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