Category Archives: Rites

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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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: John 15:1-8

An interesting Lectionary choice for Masses for the Sick: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Romans 14:7-9, 10b-12

In the larger context of the letter to the Romans, the passage below is part of a teaching session by the apostle. Paul is concerned about a community that needs to identify itself with Jesus Christ. Christians have duties to … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 2 Kings 20:1-6

In the votive Mass for the sick, we might opt for the story behind the canticle of Isaiah 38. Maybe it’s an easy choice to pair this reading with that lyric in the responsorial psalm slot. I don’t know why … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Acts 28:7-10

In special Masses for the sick, Saint Paul’s witness as a healer is a choice for the liturgy. Strangely, this brief story doesn’t make it into the Pastoral Care rites. As a passage in Acts, it would be assigned “properly” … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 2 Corinthians 12:7b-10

Way back at the beginning of this month (14th Ordinary Sunday cycle B) we heard this passage, one of the last Saint Paul wrote to his beloved people of Corinth. One of many confessions of the apostle recorded in his … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 25:1-13

In assembling Scripture readings for the Pastoral Care of the Sick, consultants in Rome chose one of the parables from Jesus’ fifth and final discourse in Matthew’s Gospel. Overall, the teaching in chapters 24 and 25 address final things, especially … Continue reading

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Today’s Rite of Committal

I have followed in the footsteps of many fine lay ministers in parishes. I’ve always strived to honor their service, their memory, and their initiatives. My newest parish is the first where I have come after my predecessor has died. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 91: 14-16

It’s not uncommon for a prophet to speak in the name of God. Hardcore critics of Catholic songs and hymns rather object to the assemblies at Mass doing this. That fussbudget attitude has rather faded in the past years, the  … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 91:8-13

Part two of the 91st psalm offers two verses not seen in much in the Roman Eucharistic liturgy: 8 You need simply watch; the punishment of the wicked you will see. 9 Because you have the LORD for your refuge … Continue reading

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