Category Archives: Scripture

RENQTC Question 4: Text of the Bible

Q&A on Traditionis Custodes dropped last month, and in the fourth query, we have word on the Bible. Those who follow liturgy news on this front will know that a Latin language proclamation of Scripture will be phased out. So … Continue reading

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Lobbying For Others

Fr James Martin reports on yesterday’s Gospel reading, and this exchange while on pilgrimage at Cana: But on a more human level, it seems that Mary may have understood that it was the right time (the “kairos”) for her son, … Continue reading

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Liturgical Dialogues

On this thread I was struck by the suggestion (deep in the comments) that a dialogue derived from Psalm 43’s inclusion in the 1570/1962 Missal could replace “The Lord be with you” and its variations: V. I have come to … Continue reading

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Titus or Timothy?

This weekend’s cycle C option for Baptism of the Lord includes a mask-up of the Night and Dawn readings from Christmas: Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7. I wonder if a better option wouldn’t have been to include the credal statement from 1 … Continue reading

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More 70s Thoughts On Psalms

A social media contact made some inquiries some weeks ago about a well-known liturgical song, asking me my sense of it being a flashpoint between various musical camps in the Church. I think it’s a one-sided controversy, if that. I … Continue reading

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Some 70s Thoughts On Psalms

Every so often, it’s worth looking back in time. What did our parents and grandparents really experience in the aftermath of Vatican II? Reformers and progressives speak of struggles and small triumphs, a work hardly complete and mostly just barely … Continue reading

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Autumn River

Or, a creek, more like. Soon we’ll reach the shining river, Soon our pilgrimage will cease, Soon our happy hearts will quiver, With the melody of peace. I’m reminded of that lovely passage in Isaiah 60: Then you shall see … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Genesis 23:2-4, 17-19

Many liturgists suggest women are underrepresented in the Lectionary. Patriarchy was the rule of so many cultures of the ancient Middle East, and this continued into Christian Europe. Deep in the Pentateuch, we have an opportunity to observe our spiritual … Continue reading

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Singing With Saints

Today’s Lectionary offerings are a true lyrical feast. Singing the entire Liturgy of the Word would be nearer the intent of the texts than an ordinary reading. The Anglicans label the first reading a “Song of the Redeemed.” It’s probably … Continue reading

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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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