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Archive for category Devotions and Sacramentals

Wreath of Christ

The small circlet of beads, worn on the wrist or carried in a pocket, becomes a memento of the sacred mysteries of life which he or she has considered in a personal and prayerful way.

Pilgrimage Liturgies and Popular Piety

Pilgrimage is a vital expression of popular piety. The premier French institute of higher study of liturgy just held a conference exploring this phenomenon of pilgrimage – as experience, as theology, as liturgy. Here is a report of what they discussed.

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Liturgy Lines: “Liturgy – Praying Together”

Like love and marriage in the old musical, you can’t have one without the other.

Liturgy Lines: “The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Draws to a Close”

What might parishes do around this time to mark the end of the Year of Jubilee?

Holy Doors of Mercy, II

I wondered what experiences others were having with the opened Holy Doors.

Holy Doors of Mercy

I wonder what experiences people are having with the opened Holy Doors during this extraordinary Jubilee Year? The website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops describes these doors as “one of the central components of the Jubilee of Mercy.”

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Viewpoint: The Holy Year, Part One: The Spiritual Works of Mercy

I propose that every Catholic set some time aside and draw up a list of commitments to be carried out during the Holy Year based of the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.


A meditation in inkpen and marker

On Holy Saturday, Juliana got up and, overwhelmed by the immanence of Easter, began to draw. The result (perhaps a new set of Mysteries for the Rosary, since there are five) has been pretty inspiring on my walls during this Octave; perhaps others will enjoy them too.

Viewpoint: The Practice of Lenten Fasting Has Many Dimensions

We are reminded that we can never be satisfied by ordinary food, which satisfies only momentarily but then perishes.

Neither fish nor flesh nor good red herring!

Aside from Candlemas itself, a second significant ritual event unfolds from this incident in Luke. What Mary does becomes a ritual pattern for Christian women.