Viewpoint: Are Eulogies Allowed at Funeral Masses?

The funeral planning meeting is no place to argue liturgical principles, lay down the law, and provide an outright refusal of the request for someone to give a eulogy at Mass. This creates bad feelings that can ripple through the family for years. But it can be an occasion to explain as gently as possible the principles involved and come to a solution which can keep everyone relatively happy.

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Viewpoint: Corpus Christi and the “Blessed Sacrament of the Mass”

This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi), the occasion each year when periods of exposition, adoration, and Benediction are most common. This would be a good time in which to reflect on the practice of Eucharistic devotion–and to ask what the Church might learn from popular attitudes toward it.

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