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Archive for category Eucharist

Bishop Callahan on Ad orientem

“I have shown my support for this practice as well as a deep concern that it be implemented appropriately and after proper consultation with the leadership of a parish, after truly hearing and respecting the People of God…”

Lectionary-Based Eucharistic Prayers

Closely tying the sacramental rite to the words of Scripture for the day, these theologically appropriate, pastorally fitting, and linguistically satisfying prayers change the Great Thanksgiving prayer from a lull in the liturgy to a focused, fresh, and engaged moment for the congregation.

Is It a Mortal Sin to Miss Sunday Mass?

Are you required to go every Sunday?

Wedding and the Liturgy of the Hours

How a liturgist celebrated his wedding within the Liturgy of the Hours, and why this might be a quite good idea.

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Eucharist, Prayer, and Protest

America magazine reports that approximately 550 people gathered on Sunday to celebrate Mass in Lafayette Square, near the White House, in order to show solidarity with immigrants and refugees affected by President Trump’s recent Executive Order.

Eucharistic Praying in the 21st Century

Liturgical prayer is self-expressive of who we are now, but prayer is also a means of conveying tradition, of giving a sense of stability and rootedness, of being confronted with something that might at first seem slightly alien, which are things that can be undercut if our prayers are too much prayers-of-the-moment.

Hope for Shared Communion for Married Couples

Franz-Josef Bode, bishop of Osnabruck, wishes for the possibility of Communion for mixed-confession married couples.

What to Do With the Filioque

The filioque debate is a well known ecumenical issue. I give my ideas for a viable solution, mainly with regard to the liturgy.

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Can Simple Wine Be Transformed into the Blood of Christ by Immersion of a Consecrated Host?

In Rome of the 13th century, administering Communion under only the form of bread was utterly unimaginable – so great was the understanding that the Church should do what Christ had done, and he had given bread and wine to his apostles as his Body and Blood.

More on Communion under Both Forms and Concomitance

“At no time has the Church in her official teaching or in her best theologians ever considered Communion under one species as the ideal.”