Liturgical New Year’s Resolutions

I like New Year’s Day, Ash Wednesday, and the First Sunday of Advent. I’m hopelessly drawn to the promise of a new start, to the undying hope that things will get better. I like making resolutions.

Like this:

  • In 2015 I’ll arrive a bit early for liturgy (instead of rushing in at the last minute, or a bit after the liturgy has begun) and give myself time to say the Serenity Prayer.
  • In 2015 I’ll be more grateful for the good work of others – celebrants, musicians, etc. – and less critical.
  • In 2015 I’ll think about the texts of hymns and not just the melody and harmonization.
  • In 2015 I’ll never, ever be distracted during the liturgy. (No?)

How about you? Do you make any liturgical resolutions? What are they?



  1. I am hoping to get a new position following 18 mos on sabbatical. My resolution is to serve with a servant’s heart.

  2. I’m aiming to wait until I’m home from Mass to be critical (ideally…I’d like to be less critical, but I’ll set a more attainable goal to start with.)

  3. I seriously thought about not posting these resolutions … but they do mirror reality all too well …

    – I plan to come to Mass five minutes late, so that I won’t be so critical of the pastor, who arrives ten minutes late each week.
    – Once a month I plan to attend a Mass where EP2 is not be said exclusively.
    – Once a month I plan to attend a Mass where the actual texts of the Missal are being used and not “improved on”.
    – Once a month I plan to attend a Mass where I am greeted and welcomed at the door and not stared at like “what are you doing here!”
    – I will pray for a “Happy New Year” each day.

    For me and my family, living in a rural area, that can mean a 30+ minute drive to another parish, and during that time we will contemplate the awesome beauty of a loving God.

    1. @Don Donaldson – comment #6:
      And thanks for the honesty – to which we all can relate!

      If I had been more honest, I would have included this resolution, which didn’t make the editorial cut:

      This year I will let go more quickly of the urge to strangle monk-confreres who are doing liturgical ministry as celebrant, reader, musician, and the like.



  4. *to plan better and rehearse more for the SECOND Sunday of Easter
    *to consistently listen attentively to the homily instead of evaluating what has happened musically in that liturgy or what is to come

  5. Mine is keeping my eyes out of the book and my ears wide open when the readings are going on. I’m always regretful when I (too often) don’t.

  6. My comment was ‘inspired’ while browsing thru NON SOLUM and wonders about current practice of the ministry of The Anointing of the Sick. Things change with time, right? 50 years or so ago there were certain situations which called Father to go on a sick-call to anoint someone “seriously ill”. Being “out of the loop” in the last few years due to my own health issues I wonder what practice is in the parishes — is there still a “list” of health situations which sends Father out on a “sick call”?
    Is Father still called?
    A bit pointed question: Is congestive heart failure one of those conditions which summons Father to/on “a sick call”? Congestive heart failure is one of those situations describing “one is in the process of dying”. Is Father “called” for such situations? I hope so! Going thru this sitz. certainly I would like to be anointed, prayed-over in Faith, absolved from my sins sacramentally. . . “and the ‘prayer of faith will save the sick man’/woman. . .”
    I remember a pastoral admonition for the minister of the Sacraments: “The minister ought to believe what he is doing. . . ”

    What do you do these days, Father? Thank you for your insights.

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