Category Archives: Rite of Penance

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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The Armchair Liturgist: Placing The Lord’s Prayer in Penance, Form II

The worship office forwarded the FDLC materials for Advent the other day. They provide a “canned” liturgy for form II of Penance, the communal celebration with individual confession and absolution. I don’t intend to be derogatory in saying “canned.” I find … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 15:1-10

The fifteenth chapter of the Gospel of Luke is a surprisingly troublesome one for believers. Even before we get to the parable of the lost and faithful sons (which is another popular reading for Reconciliation). Jesus seemed to have been … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 1:10-18

The prophet Isaiah is known for his gentle passages, perhaps due to the lovely settings found in so much classical music as well as contemporary liturgical compositions. But remember, this is the same guy who had his lips cauterized in … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Isaiah 5:1-7

Jesus taught in parables, but he wasn’t the only one. Maybe the prophet Isaiah had an actual friend. But that was so long ago, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that God cares, but according to the prophet, he has … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 4:1-15

I have never heard this passage from the early mythology of Genesis proclaimed and preached at a Reconciliation Liturgy. The tale of Cain and Abel is one of the saddest in the Bible. At least I find it so. In … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Mark 10:32-45

Jesus and his disciples are on their way to Jerusalem–the final hour approaches. He predicts his Passion, and offers great detail. Peter is not the one with foot in mouth in this episode. James and John jockey for top billing … Continue reading

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