Category Archives: Rites

Funeral Lectionary: Isaiah 40:1-11

As I continue to experience new readings at funeral Masses, be they for popes or parishioners, I’m struck by the quality of some of the passages presented for consideration by people. Most recently, the family of one of our founding … Continue reading

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DSCAP 50: A Final Word from Pope John Paul II

We come to the end of our examination of the Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest. Here’s a quote from two popes ago to the bishops of France: 50. “Too much importance can never be attached … Continue reading

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DSCAP 46-49: Order of Celebration, the Communion Rite

We get to the Communion Rite. The curia might be concerned about a thanksgiving not looking anything like the Eucharistic Prayer, but the element of a SCAP that resembles Mass the most in the eyes of most Catholics is the … Continue reading

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DSCAP 45: Order of Celebration, The Thanksgiving

One feature of the DSCAP is the “thanksgiving.” If it’s not supposed to resemble or imitate a Eucharistic Prayer, what is it? 45. The thanksgiving may follow either one of the ways described here. a. After the general intercessions or … Continue reading

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DSCAP 42-44: Order of Celebration, Introduction and Word of God

42. In the introduction at the beginning of the celebration, or at some other point, the leader should make mention of the community of the faithful with whom the pastor is celebrating the Eucharist on that Sunday and urge the … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Isaiah 29:16-19

Well over a decade ago, we looked at funeral readings. The page is still here. Looking at the Liturgy of the Word prepared for Pope Benedict’s funeral, I noticed a passage of interest from Isaiah. It’s not in any funeral … Continue reading

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DSCAP 41: An Outline of the Order of Celebration

The Directory lays out how a Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest is to proceed. 41. The following is an outline of the elements of the celebration. a. Introductory rites. The purpose of these is to form the … Continue reading

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DSCAP 38-40: Presiders

In absence of a priest, who can lead a Sunday liturgy? Let’s read what the Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest says about it. Deacons first: 38. When a deacon presides at the celebration, he acts … Continue reading

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DSCAP 35-37: The Order of Celebration

The Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest has a third chapter, addressing the ORDER OF CELEBRATION 35. The order to be followed in a Sunday celebration that does not include Mass consists of two parts, the … Continue reading

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DSCAP 34: Grace is Not Lacking

We arrive at the end of the second chapter of DSCAP, and conclude with a reminder from the DDWDS about grace being in the hands of God, and not human efforts or institutions. It’s a good quote, considering a committee … Continue reading

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DSCAP 32-33: Alternatives to a Word/Communion Service

32. When on a Sunday a celebration of the word of God along with the giving of holy communion is not possible, the faithful are strongly urged to devote themselves to prayer “for a suitable time either individually or with … Continue reading

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DSCAP 30-31: Responsibilities of Lay Leaders

Often enough there is no priest and no deacon. What then? 30. In the absence of both a priest and a deacon, the pastor is to appoint laypersons, who are to be entrusted with the care of these celebrations, namely, … Continue reading

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DSCAP 27-29: Responsibilities of Priests and Deacons

In considering the conditions under which a faith community can celebrate on Sundays in the absence of a priest, the canonical pastor, though not always present, does have responsibilities in addition to his bishop. First would be communication with said … Continue reading

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DSCAP 24-26: A Bishop’s Responsibilities

Continuing on with DSCAP’s Chapter II and its conditions for celebrating Sundays without a priest, they place the responsibility on the local bishop. Bishops, obviously, are placed in a tough spot often enough with their clergy and laity. However effective in … Continue reading

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DSCAP 23: Priest Needed–We Know

You few readers have detected my heart seems not to be in the Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest. DSCAP is certainly worth studying, even this paragraph: 23. The faithful are to understand that the Eucharistic … Continue reading

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