Category Archives: Scripture

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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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:17-18, 23-24

Let’s wrap up the 139th Psalm. How precious to me are your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sands; when I complete them, still you are with me. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:13-16

When I look at verses 13 through 16, I read of the quality of delight. God continues to take pleasure in his creation, and that includes his beloved human beings: You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:7-12

These middle verses of Psalm 139 explore the question of escape. Where can I go from your spirit? From your presence, where can I flee? If I ascend to the heavens, you are there; if I lie down in Sheol, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 139:1-6

From the earliest days of my spiritual life, Psalm 139 has been a beloved passage. I return to it from time to time, not from a sense of nostalgia, but because the text is so reassuring. I think many believers … Continue reading

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