Category Archives: Rites

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: John 6:35-40

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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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 93

Well over seven years ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). A whole passel of texts sit there outside the Lectionary proper, which, according to the Church, may be “chosen for use in various … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Wisdom 1:13-15; 2:23

At Mass this past weekend, the first reading stood out for me. At funerals, I think most people don’t absorb the entire passage being read. Even if it’s read well. Most often a key phrase might stick in the mind. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Wisdom 9:9-11

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 Bible has given solace and meaning to those burdened by illness … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 8:1-4

Care for people who are sick was integral to the public ministry of the Lord. People think of Jesus as a teacher, and certainly texts like the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5 through 7) establish this well in our … Continue reading

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Funeral Purple

Friend and once-contributor John Donaghy sent me two images of a stole he uses for funerals. His report from Honduras: Here most of the priests use purple, though the bishop wore white for the funeral of a priest two years … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 6

One of the rarest Psalms in the Catholic liturgy is the 6th. You have to look deep into the Lectionary, to the ritual Mass for Anointing of the Sick, to find it. In the Liturgy of the Hours, one appearance … Continue reading

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