Category Archives: Scripture

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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Pandemic Quote of the Day: Leviticus 13:45-46

Were you paying attention on the 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time earlier this year? There was a little bit in Leviticus suggesting partial face covering and social distancing: The garments of one afflicted with a scaly infection shall be rent … Continue reading

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Post-Conciliar Psalmody, Part 3

Owen Alstott, I once heard, scribbled the first notes to his Heritage Mass on a paper napkin in response to the need for simple, serviceable music that anybody could sing, and most basically competent musicians could lead. Say what you … Continue reading

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Pandemic Quote of the Day: Sirach 38:6-8

Sirach 38 leads off with praise for the doctor and his craft/service/art. Perhaps modern science was still centuries off, but the healing profession was certainly valued in ancient times. The appeal to God from anti-vaxxers rings very very false to … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 134

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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Pandemic Quote of the Day: Philippians 2:3-4

Let Saint Paul tell it: Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for (their) own interests, but also everyone for those of others. (NABRE) So, … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Luke 22:39-46

The agony in the garden, what an interesting choice for the sick and the dying. Jesus, having completed his farewell discourse, makes a move to do what he frequently does–pray: Then going out he went, as was his custom, to … Continue reading

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Post-Conciliar Psalmody, Part 2

  How did singer-songwriters compose songs in the 1970s? Noodle a bit on the guitar or piano, then add the words in later. It was kind of an impressionistic thing with that method: see what mood hits and try to … Continue reading

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Post-Conciliar Psalmody, Part 1

Yesterday’s discussion on Psalm 34, and taking care to watch the verses assigned for the Sunday Liturgy of the Word, got me thinking. How did Catholic church musicians start programming the psalms and how did we get to where we … Continue reading

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The Season Of Psalm 34

One of two repetitions in the Sunday Psalm cycle, this year’s sequence of Psalm 34 was interrupted by the observance of the Assumption. (For the first time since 1982.) That said, the citation of verses given on the USCCB website … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: John 15:1-8

An interesting Lectionary choice for Masses for the Sick: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes … Continue reading

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