Category Archives: Scripture

Reconciliation Lectionary: Hosea 11:1-11

The prophet Hosea is best known for using marriage¬†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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 95

My Catholic liturgy peeps know that the 95th Psalm is one of the nine common psalms for the Ordinary Time Lectionary for Mass. People familiar with the Liturgy of the Hours pray it daily in the¬†Invitatory. You RCIA geeks will … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Litany of Saints

How often does your parish sing the Litany of the Saints? Easter Vigil, check, because everybody does it and you did it for the last sixty years. Baptisms outside of Mass, but anybody ever do it when an infant is … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Silence Bracketing The Homily

I was thinking back to one priest friend who liked to launch into the Creed immediately on the heels of his homily. He would walk slowly and reverently back to the chair during. Many of us liturgists are accustomed to … Continue reading

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Merciful To All

From the Wisdom of Solomon: For it is always in your power to show great strength,and who can withstand the might of your arm? Because the whole world before you is like a speck that tips the scales,and like a … Continue reading

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