Category Archives: Liturgy

Asking for Better Homilies: A How-To Guide

Some of us were dismayed and disappointed at the preaching we heard this weekend, which expounded on the Beatitudes without making even a veiled reference to the Muslim ban (aka executive order prohibiting entry to citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries, … Continue reading

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Hear the Text, but Hear it Slant: Liturgy Notes

1. Beatitudes (Mt 5:1-12) What if this isn’t a list of instructions? What if it’s a list of who you should suck up to? ie, a list of the really important people. What if it’s Jesus doing here what he … Continue reading

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Reflecting on “Flow and the Christian Experience of Time”

Lexi Eikelboom’s interesting blog post on Flow and the Christian Experience of Time (Module 1, Class of The Rhythmic Theology Project) defines “flow” as Flow is a perfect state of concentration without struggle. In flow, one is working on something … Continue reading

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Random musings after mass on this Feast of the Assumption

It’s not a holy day of obligation in my diocese, but because I had taken the day off work, I went to the noon mass today, which had about 4 times the usual number of attendees. There was a lily-ish … Continue reading

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Stations of the Cross

So I finally got to Stations of the Cross last night – I’ve been wanting to get to them since I was writing my thesis last year and realized that is was a devotional practice that could foster empathy. As … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the (Altar) Rail: Catholic communicants and the changes of Vatican II

I had an interesting conversation on Twitter the other day during which the topic of the communion rail came up. James wondered why Catholics eliminated the communion rail when it was “non-controversial” among Lutherans and Episcopalians. I claim no particular … Continue reading

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Reflections: Ad Orientem, Versus Populum, In Persona Christi, In Persona Ecclesiae

I came across a quote recently that said something like this: Versus populum is the clericalised, [human]-centred orientation. Ad orientem focuses on God & [God’s] gift. What struck me about this sentiment is that it centers the agency, perspective, and … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Sign of Peace and the Sacrifice (and Supper) of the Mass

When I was in college, I often went to daily mass — it was easy, because the chapel faced the quad where many of my classes were. There were usually 5-10 of us there, including both chaplains. In those days, … Continue reading

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I went to a wedding today!

I didn’t know I was going to a wedding: I left the house today to attend the noon mass, as usual. But when I got there, I found that the church was awash in wedding preparation: not that the noon … Continue reading

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Triduum Moments

A few high points from our Triduum services this year: – I got to hear Eucharistic Prayer 1 for the first time in the new translation! (Well, half of it: the other half was in Spanish.) I liked it; it … Continue reading

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