Category Archives: Rites

Absolution Shift Away From Old English

Is it the nicer-sounding words? The grasping for something of English-Germanic wordsmithing that comes up empty? I’ve commented elsewhere here and in social media about the Liturgiam Authenticam shift in English translations to words of French origin. Therefore, closer to … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 119:169-176

Many years ago we started a look at Bible readings for Reconciliation. This was never nearly as popular as the Scriptures for funerals and weddings. (But I had to keep my focus on religion somehow.) Newcomers to this site, few … Continue reading

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Who’s Baptizing Now?

The news came out today that lay people have been commissioned as extraordinary ministers of baptism in the German diocese of Essen. You’d expect the lingo to be inaccurate from a secular body like the AP: The Roman Catholic Diocese … Continue reading

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The Only Template?

Father Acker is asking all sort of wrong questions, mainly this one: Is OCIA the only template that one can use to join the Catholic Church? On one hand, the Church has rites and liturgy. The Order of Christian Initiation … Continue reading

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More On The Baptism Thing

Maybe the Google is watching me quite closely, but I’m seeing a lot of secular news items in my feeds on “invalid baptisms.” This one, too, in which Fr Thomas Reese assesses the CDF decision simply enough: I think it’s … Continue reading

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The Problem of Father Arango

The Diocese of Phoenix reaches out here to Catholics deemed invalidly baptized because of that I/we thing that came out in the summer of 2020. The liturgical offender, Father Andres Arango, has resigned his pastorate at Saint Gregory Church. If … Continue reading

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On A Baptism Acclamation

I have heard through the liturgical grapevine that when “Alleluia” was suggested as an acclamation at the Rite of Baptism, the US bishops demurred. “Inappropriate,” came the word. I don’t know how deeply the word will spread. Many parishes do … Continue reading

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Litany for the Commendation of the Dying

At number 220 in the rites for the Pastoral Care of the Sick, there is an option for a litany when a person is near the moment of death. The original blog on it is here. At the risk of … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Genesis 23:2-4, 17-19

Many liturgists suggest women are underrepresented in the Lectionary. Patriarchy was the rule of so many cultures of the ancient Middle East, and this continued into Christian Europe. Deep in the Pentateuch, we have an opportunity to observe our spiritual … Continue reading

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Litany For The Deceased

Image credit: Liam, personal photo, from the Old North Burying Ground, Massachusetts. I know there are older versions of the Litany for the Deceased, but this one is particular to the Vigil for the Roman Rite, and is most often … Continue reading

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More Forms For Penance

Sometimes I think the reference to married couples and their families as the Domestic Church is lip service. In churches on the parish level, there is often a plethora of acts of worship and sacramental life. When the domestic form is cited, … Continue reading

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Creepy Confessions

I have never had a bad experience at the Rite of Penance, but I’ve heard from people who have. Those people are pretty much all women. That’s a subjective observation, as guys seem to complain less frequently about confessors. So … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 109

The vehemence of Psalm 109 sparked my prayer recently. It is one of the major imprecatory psalms we discussed here two months ago. After the curses and ill-wishes, there is a tenderness in the appeal to God. I was wondering … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 IV

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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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 XIX

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). There we read that these psalms may be “chosen for use in various places within the rites.” For the most part I think this … Continue reading

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