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No Precious Blood for the laity in Manchester, NH

From the 1st Sunday of Advent until Holy Thursday the bishop has effectively banned Communion from the chalice in his diocese.

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For the Life of the World

The program is viewed as not only being inspired by Eucharist, but as an extension of it to encompass the whole community.

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…

Should the City of Bloomington Recognize Good Friday?

The first reflex of many Christians at renaming Good Friday” to “Spring Holiday” is to howl in protest. That impulse should be resisted.

Living the Eucharist, for Advent and Christmas – UPDATED

Paulist Evangelization Ministries has come out with a new app for Living the Eucharist, a popular parish-based program that has expanded to include offerings for Advent/Christmas.

“The body/blood of Christ” vs. ***** [crickets]

Should concelebrants “take” communion or “receive” it?

“Worship is like…” – Thoughts on Root Metaphors

I have been pondering root metaphors lately – those key images and analogies we invoke for the church’s life of faith and worship.  What prompted these reflections was a recent class in which the presenter used the image of “falling in love” to describe his journey of faith.  I cringed.  Not that I do not […]

Team Spirit . . . and Spiritual Teams

I believe that the pervasiveness of the team/pack mentality, along with its inappropriate or disproportionate responses, qualifies as a “sign of our times” and, therefore, we can be guided by the wisdom of the Spirit, assess it critically, and live it out carefully, as Vatican II called us to:

[. . .] the Church seeks but a solitary goal: to carry forward the work of Christ under the lead of the befriending Spirit. And Christ entered this world to give witness to the truth, to rescue and not to sit in judgment, to serve and not to be served. To carry out such a task, the Church has always had the duty of scrutinizing the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel. (Gaudium et Spes 3, 4)

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The Berlin Wall, Shoe Boxes, and Other Symbols in Ecumenical Liturgy

How to handle symbols in liturgy, how not to handle symbols in liturgy, and what this has to do with the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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Liturgy Lines: “Including People with Disability in Liturgy”

by Elizabeth Harrington This post originally appeared at Liturgy Brisbane on December 3, 2006. I grew up in an era when the so-called ‘handicapped’ were seldom seen and certainly never heard. They were looked upon as objects of pity and recipients of charity rather than as truly human. Thank goodness things have changed and today […]