Category Archives: Pastoral Care of the Sick

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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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Revelation 22:17, 20-21

Here is a short reading recommended for the end of a person’s life, and it comes from the end of the Christian Bible: The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let the hearer say, “Come.” Let the one who thirsts … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Acts 13:32-39

In the rites for Pastoral Care, the Church gives four options from the acts of the Apostles. Three treat Peter’s experience with healing a man born with deformity in the feet and lower legs. The fourth, from Saint Paul, doesn’t … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Acts 3:11-16

At Easter Thursday Mass, the first reading continues the post-Pentecost narrative of the first healing miracle of Peter and his subsequent preaching on the Risen Christ. The people responsible for assembling Scripture readings for the sick chose to focus on the … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Acts 3:1-10

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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Scriptures For Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying

The wedding and funeral readings remain the most visited links on this site, long after friends and foils have abandoned me for facebook, other blogs, and even real life. Ages ago (it seems) I blogged extensively on the Pastoral Care … Continue reading

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Rites For the Assisted

RNS linked this interview with Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa. While I can appreciate the passion and frustration of a pastor dealing with people who are dying, a few cautions surfaced for me. One was liturgical: (A person who requests … Continue reading

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