Category Archives: Scripture

Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 90

Scripture scholars categorize the 90th psalm as a communal lament. Sounds about right for the Rite of Penance. The given antiphon in the rite is: Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy! Do Catholics … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 25

We covered this psalm in our funeral series here. It’s an acrostic meditation, each line begins with a progressive letter in the Hebrew alphabet. These compositions are not usually as tight as others, and the 25th Psalm does tend to … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 6:2b-13

Verses 3-11 are used for the Easter Vigil. As for the funeral Mass pericope, it ends with verse 9. The opening difference is that first line, a question from Saint Paul: How can we who died to sin yet live … Continue reading

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From the Jubilee

Jubilee act of contrition from Psalm 25: Remember your compassion and your mercy, O Lord, for they are ages old. Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me according to your mercy because of your goodness, Lord. (6-7) … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Hosea 11:1-11

The prophet Hosea is best known for using marriageĀ as a metaphor for the relationship between God and his people. In chapter eleven, though, we read of a parent and child. The imagery is no less intimate: teaching a youngster to … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Hosea 2:16-25

The Book of Hosea lends itself well to this Jubilee of Mercy in which we find ourselves. Few things cause more anguish than an unfaithful spouse. This metaphor winds through the book, and the blend, as the Scripture scholar Carroll … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Sung Intercessions At Scrutinies

The occasional music director gets a request for something like this. We covered the scrutinies here years ago. Here is the discussion on the intercessions. The North American Forum promoted a deeper experience of these. These RCIA petitions are not … Continue reading

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