Category Archives: Rites

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 143:1-2, 5-6, 10-11

The 143rd Psalm is the seventh of the “penitential psalms” identified by Christians in antiquity. In Judaism, these and many others were identified as laments. The psalmist offers a complaint to God: enemies, national upheaval, natural disaster, and of course, … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 25:31-40

Sheep and goats. I don’t know what the problem is with goats. Nice animals, and innocent. Like snakes, but there’s a cultural thing about that, eh? This reading below pops up in our Sunday Lectionary every three years, bringing the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 5:1-12

Name a Bible passage recommended for Catholic weddings, funerals, and penance/confession. Stumped? Likely not, my friend, if you are following this post and have read the title. You now know it’s also recommended for people who are sick or dying. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 1 Corinthians 12:12, 22-27

The Pastoral Care Lectionary offers a long passage from the 12th chapter of 1 Corinthians here. This is where a bit more judgment might have helped this selection. In context of ministry with people who are sick and dying, the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 11:5-13

Care for people who are sick and dying involves prayer. Sometimes the answer is not forthcoming. Sometimes prayer must be persistent: And (Jesus) said to them, “Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 18:9-14

Sometimes there is a connecting thread between sin and sickness that we can’t avoid. Other times I think it’s over-used. Remember the query to Jesus that opens John 9? Was it the blind man’s sin or that of his parents? … Continue reading

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Being A Good Godparent Part 2

The day of baptism arrives. What does a godparent do? Whether the ritual will be celebrated during Mass or outside of it, arrive early. One spiritual thing a godparent can do is a simple exercise. Approach the baptismal font and … Continue reading

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Being A Good Godparent Part 1

This post commences a short new series on a role that’s come under fire recently. I happen to think–perhaps naively–that if the Church gives positive witness and makes some demands of people, they will respond in turn. Another caution here: … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10

The Lectionary for ritual Pastoral Care of the Sick includes a reading that is also included in the Lectionary for the Order of Christian Funerals, with six verses selected from the fifth chapter of St. Paul’s second letter/epistle to the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 10:25-37

Over the centuries, the Good Samaritan parable has been much preached upon and the comments and reflections on it would no doubt fill a library. No doubt, it’s a lovely story of compassion. Christians have long associated Samaritan with “good,” … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Morning Prayer Psalms

Some weeks ago, we had a bit of a discussion around the Office of the Dead, otherwise known as the Liturgy of the Hours celebrated in the context of a death and Christian burial. Numbers 348 through 395 give some … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Evening Prayer Conclusion

After Canticle of Mary and intercessions, the Lord’s Prayer is offered after an introduction by the minister (OCF 393). The given words are from a penitential and funeral psalm, the 130th: With God there is mercy and fullness of redemption; … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Evening Prayer Intercessions

After Canticle of Mary, intercessions are offered. The rubric of OCF 392 reads: The intercessions are then said. The following may be used or adapted to circumstances, or new intercessions may be composed. The minister says: We acknowledge Christ the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Mark 10:46-52

Bartimaeus and Jesus: a familiar story, perhaps. It contains a vital narrative beyond the act of Jesus restoring sight. Christians today, and perhaps especially Catholics, are coming to terms with the demands of discipleship. I would see this passage from … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Evening Prayer Canticle of Mary

We pick up on our examination of the Office for the Dead with the liturgical highlight of Evening Prayer, the Canticle of Mary. After the psalms, New Testament canticle, reading, possible homily, and brief responsory, the passage from Luke 1:46-55 … Continue reading

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