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  • What do you have if you have a pallium?  Should you seek immediate medical care?
  • Can you tell a liturgical reformer from a reformer of liturgical reform?  Can you negotiate with either?
  • True or False: Ad orientem is a carpet store on Madison Avenue.

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Welcome to Pray Tell, a blog that gives practical wisdom about prayer, sacraments, and the community of the faithful – in short, worship. Created especially for pastors, liturgists, musicians, and scholars, Pray Tell is informal, conversational, even humorous, but also – we hope – always well-informed and intellectually grounded.

This blog is not associated with Pray Tell: An open forum on faith in South Texas.


  1. I am delighted to be considered a regular contributor to “Pray Tell” and hope that my contributions would clearly offer wisdom or wit in reference to our worship.

    1. Hi, Father! I am one of the avid users of your liturgical songs here in the Philippines. I can’t believe I am sending a message you right now. Thanks be to God and I will pray for you always!

  2. I am very happy to see so many high quality and thoughtful liturgical scholars on this site. I plan to look in often!

  3. I can answer the “ad orientum” question because my former pastor sprang this Mass on us one Sunday morning. As a young child all I ever saw was adult backs during Mass.
    Lola McGourty

  4. This is my first comment.
    I prefer the new translation because it is a more accurate reflection of the mind of the Church

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