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Archive for November, 2016

A Hymn Text for the First Sunday of Advent, Year A

Even though it would not be possible this year to sing my hymn text intended for use with the readings assigned to the First Sunday of Advent, Year A, in the post-Vatican II Lectionary for Mass, I would still like to offer it to those reading the Pray Tell blog for meditation in this first […]


Papal Message to Ecumenical Patriarch for the Feast of St. Andrew

Today is the Feast of St. Andrew, the patron of the See of Constantinople, the see of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Continuing the longstanding tradition between the Bishop of Rome and the Ecumenical Patriarch, a formal delegation from the Vatican was present at the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Following the Liturgy, a special message was […]

Ambrosian Preface Texts for Celebrating Advent

May these few reflections on Ambrosian Preface texts inspire us to a deepened appreciation for this season of longing for the Savior who came in history, comes in mystery and will come again in majesty.

Ars Praedicandi: Thirteenth Sunday of Luke (Orthodox)

When we leave here today, filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit, we will confront the message lingering from Black Friday: buy things! Gather possessions!

Deacons, Women and the Call to Serve | Segment 1: History of the Diaconate

Segment 1: The Diaconate—History and Present Practice
What are deacons? How has this ministry changed through the centuries? Are deacons well-accepted in parishes today?

Web Series on Diaconate and Women

Could women deacons revolutionize pastoral ministry and transform the Church? How can the diaconate better meet the changing needs of the faithful today?

Ars Praedicandi: The First Sunday of Advent

I love Gandhi’s description of truth. Truth is a giant tree, a giant oak. And there it stands at the top of Isaiah’s mountain that we are all climbing.

“Twelve Secular Christmas Songs that are Actually About Advent”

What do such musical gems as “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” have in common?
They are about Advent!

Lincoln: Ad Orientem Masses Encouraged during Advent

Today, at a time when it is easy to forget that Christ is coming—and easy to be complacent in our spiritual lives and in the work of evangelization…

Viewpoint: Recovering the Notion of Original Sin

The transition from the Sin of Adam to the Grace of Christ is not a matter of a few minutes of ritual.