Category Archives: Rites

Reconciliation Lectionary: Nehemiah 9:1-20, A Psalm of Memory

We pick up on the long passage in #110 of the Rite of Penance. In yesterday’s post, we looked at the role of memory in reconciliation. We also viewed an introduction of ritual and liturgy into the Israelites’ of return … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Nehemiah 9:1-20, Confession

Reconciliation involves remembering. Remembering is a human activity, and helps us recall the good and the bad. We take stock of where we stand and we look to the future. We emphasize the good things, because we want to repeat … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Liturgy Without the Sacrament

I had an intriguing conversation with the pastor a few months ago. I’m still mulling over the implications. I have to wonder if some other parish hasn’t done this already. It’s in the Roman Missal, the page before the Ash … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 59:1-4, 9-15

At number 120 in the Rite of Penance, the prophet Isaiah offers up a two-part reading. First, sizzling condemnation of a bleak system of injustice. And second, a powerful examination of conscience in the consolation portion of the book of Isaiah. The message … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 50:7-8, 14-23

If you like passages that speak of justice, or right behavior, of orthopraxis, if you will, bookmark the 50th Psalm. The full psalm has a useful context: verses 1-6 recount God’s appearance on Mount Zion, a renewal of the Covenant … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 130

One of the more recognized psalms, the 130th is fairly well-known by the first two words in the Latin: De Profoundis. Out of the depths. We covered this piece in the series on funerals here. I asked Liam to write … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 15:1-3

The Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament was mined well by the framers of the Lectionary for the Rite of Penance. Bit they may have missed a few good readings. This passage from the book of Wisdom has been in … Continue reading

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