Category Archives: Scripture

Lament in the Psalms

As I’ve prepared my summer bible study for the parish, I’ve been watching the Lectionary psalms with new eyes. This coming weekend’s for example, here. As I was rehearsing with one of my psalmists this afternoon, a bible study participant, … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Deuteronomy 8:7-14a, 17-18

We look at good words from the Jewish Torah for this non-Lectionary possibility for a wedding reading: For the LORD, your God, is bringing you into a good country, a land with streams of water, with springs and fountains welling up … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Deuteronomy 6:4-9

It might be that Jewish thread running through my family, or the associations I’ve enjoyed over the years with my elder sisters and brothers in Judaism, but I feel an affinity to the Old Testament that not every Catholic gets. For … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Psalm 121

Every so often, I get the itch to suggest an addition to the Roman Lectionary. If I had been asked to consult on the new Order for Celebrating Matrimony, I would have offerred we make room for what is admittedly … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Greater Works On Mother’s Day

If your parish has a lot of funerals, today’s and Sunday’s Gospel may be the most proclaimed reading you offer at Mass. Funeral celebrants don’t get to this piece in verse 12, which has made me wonder since my college … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Provides the Order of Mass

PrayTell discusses college student assessments of Sunday worship. One comment from one you know well: It’s why the Order of the Mass should always be available and easy to find. Failing to do that is a signal failure of hospitality. … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Psalm 118: (24), 1 & 4, 24-25, 26-27, 28-29

When I served at the student center, a Spring wedding wasn’t uncommon. That often meant an Easter season liturgy. It came up once or twice: the suggestion to use the 118th Psalm, a frequent song of the early Sundays of … Continue reading

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