Category Archives: Rites

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 38

In his day, Hezekiah was a household name in Judah. Indeed, those familiar with the Bible will recognize him as one of the more godly rulers, and Matthew cites his name when giving us the genealogy of Joseph. Toward the … Continue reading

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OCM 6: Christ Fulfills A New Covenant

We continue our occasional examination of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (1991/2016), an update of the former Rite of Marriage (1969). Continuing with the introduction–the praenotanda in the professional lingo–it will give us important insight as to why Catholics celebrate … Continue reading

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OCM 5: A New Creation

The former Rite of Marriage (1969) has been significantly revised and updated into the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (1991/2016). We’ll continue to look at the introduction–the praenotanda in the professional lingo. It will give us important insight as to why … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Philippians 2:1-5

In the new Order of Christian Matrimony, the Church has added an official ritual for Blessing an Engaged Couple. (OCM 218-236) Thoughtful pastoral ministers here and there have been doing this for some years. Would that it were more universally … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Job 7:1-4

A thought experiment: ask some occasional Christians or non-believers to name off books of the Old Testament. My guess is that Job would place close behind first-place Genesis. It’s a complex work. Scholars place it among the poetic literature. It’s … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Job 3:1-3

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. The book of Job is one of the most well-known Scriptures both … Continue reading

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Human Composting

I heard this bit on a local NPR station the other day, sort of a trial balloon on human composting. Some interesting bits: The human composting … involves placing bodies in vessels where they can be covered in wood chips … Continue reading

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