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A Hidden Mass in the Gospel of the Ten Lepers

November 14, 2018 2 Comments
A Hidden Mass in the Gospel of the Ten Lepers

The Gospel for Wednesday of the 32nd Week of the Year teaches that the Mass is the perfect offering of thanks to the Father. It does so in a remarkable and almost hidden way, but it is right there for us to see if we have eyes to see it. The Gospel telling the story […]

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Three Oft-Forgotten Acclamations of Eucharistic Piety

June 3, 2018 12 Comments
Three Oft-Forgotten Acclamations of Eucharistic Piety

In the afterglow of Corpus Christi, we do well to consider some of our liturgical practices. Over the years on this blog we have done a good deal of this (e.g., Worthiness to receive Communion). In this post, I would like to consider three rather obscure but still important moments that are often lost in the […]

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What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”?

January 11, 2018 6 Comments
What Does Jesus Mean When He Says to Some, “I Never Knew You”?

Every now and then someone will come to me and request parish services of some sort. Maybe it’s to plan a wedding, a baptism, or a funeral; maybe it’s to ask for money! Then I look at him or her and say, “Who are you?” (since I don’t recognize the person). “Oh, you may not […]

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On Reverence and Reserve in the Holy Liturgy – A Meditation on an Instruction by St. Cyprian

June 16, 2015 15 Comments
On Reverence and Reserve in the Holy Liturgy – A Meditation on an Instruction by St. Cyprian

In the Office of Readings we are currently sampling from a treatise on the Lord’s Prayer by St. Cyprian. One of those readings earlier this week offered some cautionary notes on what might be termed “reverential reserve” when celebrating the Sacred Liturgy. Before quoting St. Cyprian, I’d like to make some observations regarding the role of culture and history. Of course, dear […]

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How to Give Adequate Thanks to God. A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

November 21, 2012 9 Comments

On this feast of Thanksgiving (here in America) we do well to ponder how we ought to give thanks to God. Indeed, how can one adequately thank God who is the giver of every good and perfect gift? Is it really enough to simply kneel and say a prayer of thanks? Perhaps we should run […]

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Through the Liturgy the Lord Reorders our Lives. A Reflection on the Road to Emmaus

April 11, 2012 14 Comments

The very familiar passage about Jesus’ encounter with the disciples on the road to Emmaus is rich with many themes and teachings. I have commented elsewhere that the whole passage is, essentially in the structure of a Mass. You can read that reflection here: Mass on the Move In this reflection it is worth considering […]

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How Something We Consider Solidly Traditional was Once Thought as Strangely Progressive & Barely To be Tolerated. A Brief Study of the Communion (Chin) Paten

November 10, 2011 17 Comments

Such a small but highly significant thing, the chin paten. Its use is to catch a host that might drop or a particle from a host. As such it is another reminder of the real, true and substantial presence of Christ in even the smallest particle of the host. The chin paten helps ensure that […]

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Traditional Latin Mass in Dance Time? Sure!

July 18, 2011 23 Comments

Every now and then I hear the Old Latin Mass described as a somber affair. Many think only dirges are sung and that everything is quite subdued. Granted a low Mass can be rather quiet as the Priest whispers much of the Mass. But a sung Mass in the Old Latin Rite (Extraordinary Form) can […]

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