Category Archives: Rite of Penance

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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 3:1-17

In Advent this year, the Sunday Lectionary for cycle C breaks up this long narrative between the second and third Sundays. Would a parish revisit this reading for a seasonal penance service? It wouldn’t be my choice, unless a preacher somehow … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 27: 1, 4, 7-10, 13-14

If there is an “unsung” psalm in the Bible, it might be the 27th. It is one of the common psalms for ordinary time. It appears in the Sunday Lectionary three times in the three-year cycle–once in Easter, once in … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 146:5-10

This psalm, with the Penance refrain, “Lord, come and save us” is utilized for the third Sunday of Advent, cycle A. Most of these verses, 5-10, also appear four other times in the Sunday Lectionary over three years. A mid-December Sunday should … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 7:36-50

The Lord asks, “Do you see this woman?” Is he speaking only to Simon the Pharisee? Or to us as well? In considering Luke 7:36-50, may we ask if this is an illustration of a sinner who comes to Jesus … Continue reading

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