Category Archives: Rites

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Job 7:12-21

The first of Job’s companions, Eliphaz, confronts him (chapters 4-5) and the man responds to him (6:1-7:11). Then Job addresses God directly for the rest of chapter 7. I hope we are past the clich√© of the patience of Job. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 15:29-31

Popular among many Catholics is the Healing Mass. I’ve experienced a number of these. They are quite moving, a combination of the emotions of the people as well as the spiritual significance of believers gathering to pray for significant physical … Continue reading

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Top British Funeral Songs

Joe McMahon sent me this link to a UK op-ed on funeral songs. From the¬†Daily Mail, Tom Utley reports and comments: A survey this week by Co-op Funeralcare highlights one of the most profound social changes of my lifetime. In … Continue reading

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OCM 57: Wedding Homily

Between the readings and vows, we have the matter of the homily to discuss. There are four points to cover. Here is what the Church says about what the preacher is to preach: 56. After the reading of the Gospel, … Continue reading

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OCM 55-56: Liturgy of the Word at Mass

What does the Church say about the readings at a wedding? Here’s the red print: 55. The Liturgy of the Word is celebrated in the usual manner. There may be three readings, of which the first reading should be from … Continue reading

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OCM 54: Ritual Mass Or Mass of the Day?

This question is covered in OCM 34, which we discussed here a little while ago. It’s repeated as a rubric and lifted closely worded from that prior paragraph in the introduction: 54. On those days when Ritual Masses are permitted, … Continue reading

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OCM 51-53: Matrimony Within Mass, Introductory Rites

Three sections get the wedding Mass from the end of the procession to the collect or opening prayer. OCM 51 instructs the priest that after the Sign of the Cross has been made, one of the three Roman Missal formulas … Continue reading

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