Category Archives: Scripture

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 109

The vehemence of Psalm 109 sparked my prayer recently. It is one of the major imprecatory psalms we discussed here two months ago. After the curses and ill-wishes, there is a tenderness in the appeal to God. I was wondering … Continue reading

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Of Luke The Evangelist

Today’s observance in the Roman liturgical calendar is the man thought to have authored the third Gospel and the account of the first century Church known as the Acts of the Apostles. The image, left, is from the Grandes Heures … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 IV

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). According to the Church, these psalms may be “chosen for use in various places within the rites.” Mostly, I think this section was designed … Continue reading

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How About The State Library?

My wife mentioned this story earlier tonight.  On Wednesday, a state lawmaker filed a resolution to have the Bible designated as the official state book of Texas. The resolution, filed by State Rep. Glenn Rogers, (R-Brownwood), explains the Bible has served as … Continue reading

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Et Tu, EWTN?

The past few days I’ve noticed people calling for the bishops to Do Something about the organization widely thought to be referenced by Pope Francis last week as the “work of the devil.” I think this has been brewing for … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 XIX

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). There we read that these psalms may be “chosen for use in various places within the rites.” For the most part I think this … Continue reading

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A Wisdom Canticle In James

Listening to today’s New Testament reading, I was struck by something new: how today’s Scripture and the past week or two have shown a quality of wisdom in the epistle of James. I poked around in the whole letter a … Continue reading

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Jonah’s Lament

Image credit: By Diliff, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=823649 I was thinking of the prophet Jonah earlier today. Specifically, his psalm that is featured in chapter two of the book of that name. In liturgy, how would this lyric fit? It … Continue reading

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No Continuity In The Magnificat

It’s been my premise that the norm of organic development in Vatican II liturgical reform (Cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 23) is overused as a principle with wide application. The reality is that so many saints, even those who lived objectively good … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 123

Sometimes the death of a loved one is an occasion for quiet resignation. The anger is gone. Our emotions are spent. Perhaps there has been some conflict within a family or among friends. Perhaps the circumstances of death are troubling … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 126

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). There, you can find a raft of psalms intended for use in the rite. They are presented in their entirety, often with antiphons unfamiliar … Continue reading

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Post-Conciliar Psalmody: For The Church Year

You can’t buy an original of this collection anymore. It’s been “archived” by the publisher. In its day it was something of a landmark–the first collection of common responsorial psalms for piano/guitar groups. By the early 80s, many of the … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 XIV

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF) where a number of texts listed are not offered as Lectionary choices. According to the Church, these psalms may be “chosen for use in … Continue reading

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Post-Conciliar Psalmody, A Gelineau Interlude

  Liam was right to point out my omission of the Gelineau Gradual in post-conciliar psalmody. The shift from performance music to dialogue in the revised Roman Missal was tough on some folks, like this one. Wouldn’t you think there … Continue reading

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Podcasting The Psalms

They gave me the keys to the parish podcast this summer. What do I know? Basic Scripture stuff. The Psalms. Last week’s on the 34th was my best, I think. I haven’t done voice audio for years–it goes back to … Continue reading

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