Category Archives: Rites

On A Baptism Acclamation

I have heard through the liturgical grapevine that when “Alleluia” was suggested as an acclamation at the Rite of Baptism, the US bishops demurred. “Inappropriate,” came the word. I don’t know how deeply the word will spread. Many parishes do … Continue reading

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Litany for the Commendation of the Dying

At number 220 in the rites for the Pastoral Care of the Sick, there is an option for a litany when a person is near the moment of death. The original blog on it is here. At the risk of … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Genesis 23:2-4, 17-19

Many liturgists suggest women are underrepresented in the Lectionary. Patriarchy was the rule of so many cultures of the ancient Middle East, and this continued into Christian Europe. Deep in the Pentateuch, we have an opportunity to observe our spiritual … Continue reading

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Litany For The Deceased

Image credit: Liam, personal photo, from the Old North Burying Ground, Massachusetts. I know there are older versions of the Litany for the Deceased, but this one is particular to the Vigil for the Roman Rite, and is most often … Continue reading

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More Forms For Penance

Sometimes I think the reference to married couples and their families as the Domestic Church is lip service. In churches on the parish level, there is often a plethora of acts of worship and sacramental life. When the domestic form is cited, … Continue reading

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Creepy Confessions

I have never had a bad experience at the Rite of Penance, but I’ve heard from people who have. Those people are pretty much all women. That’s a subjective observation, as guys seem to complain less frequently about confessors. So … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 109

The vehemence of Psalm 109 sparked my prayer recently. It is one of the major imprecatory psalms we discussed here two months ago. After the curses and ill-wishes, there is a tenderness in the appeal to God. I was wondering … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 IV

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). According to the Church, these psalms may be “chosen for use in various places within the rites.” Mostly, I think this section was designed … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 XIX

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). There we read that these psalms may be “chosen for use in various places within the rites.” For the most part I think this … Continue reading

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On Reconciliation and Penance

What to look at next on this site? I suppose I could focus exclusively on the “Way of Beauty” document from 2006. That will continue daily for an estimated two to three months. It’s a good document; quite interesting. A … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 123

Sometimes the death of a loved one is an occasion for quiet resignation. The anger is gone. Our emotions are spent. Perhaps there has been some conflict within a family or among friends. Perhaps the circumstances of death are troubling … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 126

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). There, you can find a raft of psalms intended for use in the rite. They are presented in their entirety, often with antiphons unfamiliar … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 XIV

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF) where a number of texts listed are not offered as Lectionary choices. According to the Church, these psalms may be “chosen for use in … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 134

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). According to the Church, these psalms may be “chosen for use in various places within the rites.” Mostly, I think this section was designed … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 22:39-46

The agony in the garden, what an interesting choice for the sick and the dying. Jesus, having completed his farewell discourse, makes a move to do what he frequently does–pray: Then going out he went, as was his custom, to … Continue reading

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