Category Archives: Rites

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 12:35-44

Care for dying persons remains a part of Christian charity, as it has been from the time of Jesus. Here is one reading we heard at the core of this past weekend’s gospel passage. At it’s root, Jesus is speaking … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 7:19-23

When a believer is sick or dying, for whom will she or he look? People look in several places–doctors, family, God, a close friend or loved one. They might possibly turn to superstitions and illogical things. It’s only human. Many … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Job 14:13-17

In preparing my parish’s summer Bible study, I’ve gone deeper into the book of Job than ever. In the midst of the whining, lament, sarcasm, accusations, and preaching, I’ve found the occasional gem. What do you make of this passage? … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 11:25-30

Care for people who are sick and dying has been part of Christianity from the time of Jesus. The Jewish tradition extends centuries into the past from there. In its rites for Pastoral Care, the Catholic church offers no less … Continue reading

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OCM 59: The Minister Addresses The Couple

After the homily, the minister gives a brief address: 59. With all standing, including the couple and the witnesses, who are positioned near them, the Priest addresses the couple in these or similar words: Dearly beloved, you have come together … Continue reading

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OCM 58: Celebrating Matrimony Within Mass

After the homily, the new Order of Celebrating Matrimony devotes eleven numbered sections of “black and red” to the “core” of the Wedding Mass. The first is here: 58. If two or more Marriages happen to be celebrated at the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Acts 4:8-12

The chief apostolic feast is tonight and tomorrow. Let’s hear the testimony of Saint Peter on the role of Jesus in the healing ministry of the Church: Then Peter, filled with the holy Spirit, answered (the Sanhedrin), “Leaders of the … Continue reading

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