Category Archives: Rite of Penance

Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 32

Saint Augustine identified seven psalms as “penitential.” The 32nd is one of four of those utilized for the Rite of Penance. (Psalms 6, 91, and 102 were not chosen–perhaps possible inclusions for the next edition of the Rite.) Nine years … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 90

Scripture scholars categorize the 90th psalm as a communal lament. Sounds about right for the Rite of Penance. The given antiphon in the rite is: Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy! Do Catholics … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 25

We covered this psalm in our funeral series here. It’s an acrostic meditation, each line begins with a progressive letter in the Hebrew alphabet. These compositions are not usually as tight as others, and the 25th Psalm does tend to … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 6:2b-13

Verses 3-11 are used for the Easter Vigil. As for the funeral Mass pericope, it ends with verse 9. The opening difference is that first line, a question from Saint Paul: How can we who died to sin yet live … Continue reading

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From the Jubilee

Jubilee act of contrition from Psalm 25: Remember your compassion and your mercy, O Lord, for they are ages old. Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me according to your mercy because of your goodness, Lord. (6-7) … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Hosea 11:1-11

The prophet Hosea is best known for using marriage as a metaphor for the relationship between God and his people. In chapter eleven, though, we read of a parent and child. The imagery is no less intimate: teaching a youngster to … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Hosea 2:16-25

The Book of Hosea lends itself well to this Jubilee of Mercy in which we find ourselves. Few things cause more anguish than an unfaithful spouse. This metaphor winds through the book, and the blend, as the Scripture scholar Carroll … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 95

My Catholic liturgy peeps know that the 95th Psalm is one of the nine common psalms for the Ordinary Time Lectionary for Mass. People familiar with the Liturgy of the Hours pray it daily in the Invitatory. You RCIA geeks will … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:17-18, 23-24

Let’s wrap up the 139th Psalm. How precious to me are your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sands; when I complete them, still you are with me. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:13-16

When I look at verses 13 through 16, I read of the quality of delight. God continues to take pleasure in his creation, and that includes his beloved human beings: You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:7-12

These middle verses of Psalm 139 explore the question of escape. Where can I go from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee? If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:1-6

From the earliest days of my spiritual life, Psalm 139 has been a beloved passage. I return to it from time to time, not from a sense of nostalgia, but because the text is so reassuring. I think many believers … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 143:1-11

This is the last of Saint Augustine’s classic seven penitential Psalms. (The others are 6, 32, 38, 51, 102, and 130.) The psalmist speaks of the pursuit of enemies, and perhaps we think of our chief enemy, the devil, in … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 85

Psalm 85 is recommended to follow Malachi 3 and precede Luke 3:1-17 in an Advent Penance liturgy given in Appendix II of the Rite. It is one of the two common psalms for the season of Advent. Even if one uses the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 3:1-19

Regarding the account of the fall of Adam and Eve, we know it. In the age of reason, we often get bogged down in details. Did it happen just as the inspired writer presents it? Is it just a pagan fable borrowed … Continue reading

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