Category Archives: Rites

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: James 5:13-16

We looked at this reading years ago in the series on the Reconciliation Lectionary. From New Testament times, the Church has urged illness as an opportunity for making things right with God and other persons. Institutionally, the sacraments of Anointing … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Revelation 21:1-7

Here is a reading from near the end of the Bible that can be used near the end of a person’s life. It’s one of many readings in the Pastoral Care Lectionary. While some Christians are absorbed by the last … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Mark 16:15-20

I found the ending of the Gospel of Mark to be a curious addition to the Lectionary for the Pastoral Care of the Sick. Sure, it offers a promise that Christian disciples “will lay hands on the sick, and they … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: John 10:11-18

Yesterday was “Good Shepherd Sunday,” but it wasn’t until today’s Lectionary that Jesus identifies as such. Yesterday, the fourth Sunday of Easter in cycle A, Jesus tells us he is the Gate. The way in. The way out. And the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 80

The CDWDS has approved a “Mass in Time of Pandemic.” Possible readings include a Mass “in any need.” (Cf. Lectionary for Mass, vol. IV, nos. 938-942) There are also special readings, and here is one of two possible Psalms. The … Continue reading

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OCM 77-78: Concluding A Nuptial Mass

More rubrics. Let’s get to them: 77. At the end of Mass, the Priest, with hands extended over the bride and bridegroom, prays the Solemn Blessing. A priest friend of mine once objected to this second blessing. It seemed to … Continue reading

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OCM 74-76: The Nuptial Blessing, And What Follows

The rubric for the blessing mentions the priest’s bodily action: 74. Then the Priest, with hands extended over the bride and bridegroom, continues: O God, who by your mighty power …  The same three options are given as in the … Continue reading

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