Acclamation

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Q:  Is there a rubric in the NAB Lectionary (or the Canadian one) that specifies exactly what the people’s response is for the verse before the gospel during Lent?  Or is it at the cantor’s discretion? The Australian & English Lectionaries have one of four different options embedded with the verse of the day.  I’m interested why the difference in Lectionaries between countries. == A:  It’s the cantor’s discretion. Even in Latin the daily mass readings include the versicle but not the acclamation. I’m not sure why the lectionaries in other countries plugged one in. Maybe to make it more …

Scrutinies and homilies

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Q:  I am enjoying reading your blog comments on liturgical matters. Thank you. Well, I too have a question.  During the 3rd, 4th, 5th Sundays of Lent, we celebrate the scrutinies only at one liturgy in my parish. The readings and gospel readings are from cycle A.  Is it liturgically correct to stay with Cycle B readings for the other two liturgies or is there an option to stay with Cycle A readings. I am asking this question from the point of view of a priest having to prepare two homilies. == A:  Thanks for your comments on my blog. …

Using a tablet during Mass

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Q:  I recently attended Mass at a church where the priest used a tablet during the entire Mass.  It was distracting because  he was constantly scrolling through the pages.  He only looked at the congregation during his homily and the final blessing.  He also couldn’t raise his hands in the orans because he had to hold it or scroll through it when he placed it on the altar. Has there been any official ruling about using a tablet in this way? == A:  There is no official ruling, but various conferences of bishops are taking up the question and developing …

Parish Patrons Feast Day in Lent

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Q:  My parish’s Patron’s Feast Day, St. Patrick, falls on Saturday March 17, during the Season of Lent. Am I right in thinking that because it falls during Lent, I cannot transfer that day for the Saturday evening Mass and Sunday Mass since the Season of Lent is Proper? Thanks for your help ahead of time and God bless. == A:  Interesting question. You cannot transfer St. Patrick to Sunday, but the Saturday evening mass could be the one for St. Patrick. And perhaps should be. ANY Saturday evening mass fulfills the Sunday obligation, even a wedding mass. Even a weekday Saturday liturgy celebrated in the evening in a religious community. If you are …

“The Lord be with you”

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Q:  During the Mass, what is the laity supposed to do with their hands when the Presider says “The Lord be with you” ?  Some 20+ years ago, when I came into the Catholic Church through RCIA from the Episcopal Church, I was told that extending one’s hands forward while responding, “And with you (your spirit)” was an unrequired, voluntary, and acceptable gesture of good will toward the human persona of the Presider.  Since then and across multiple dioceses and parishes, I have observed that this hand-extension has been a common, though not universal, form of response to “The Lord …

Dismissal

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Q:  This question came up recently at our seminary. It’s not a big one, but I find it interesting. When there are two deacons serving a Mass, one serving as Deacon of the Word and the other as Deacon of the Eucharist, does it matter which one does the dismissal? My thought was that since the dismissal is at the end of Mass, and thus the end of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, then the Deacon of the Eucharist is responsible for it since it is his “side” of the Mass.  The vice-rector here provisionally thinks (pending further investigation) that …

Communion Ministers

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Q:  My pastor and I am updating the parish procedures for communion ministers. Father has observed something and is wondering if you could give us any guidance on this. Father says that sometimes he gives the precious blood to a minister, and they might not consume it at all, or first give it to another before consuming it themselves. This just doesn’t seem right. If the minister of the cup feels they shouldn’t receive the Blood of Christ (maybe they have a cold), my opinion is that they should not serve at Mass when they are sick. We do schedule communion ministers, …

Presider at the Rite of Election

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Q:  Our bishop had a death in his family, and the funeral will be the weekend of the Rite of Election. Does a bishop have to preside? Or can he delegate a priest? == A:  He may delegate a priest.

Book of Gospels

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Q:  Can you clarify the reason behind placing the Book of the Gospels on the altar rather than in a stand in front of the ambo at the beginning of Mass.  GIRM 173 and 175 do not specify the reason.  Thank you. == A:  Well, I can make up a reason. As you say, no reason is given, so it’s open to discussion. But I believe it has partly to do with the custom in the Eastern Rites, which leave a book of the gospels flat on the altar throughout the eucharist. I also believe that the two symbols of …

Readings at a wedding

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Q:  In my pastor’s reading of the new marriage rite the Gospel and psalm are not required in weddings with no mass. Is this how you understand as well? I can’t recall ever being at a wedding where the psalm and gospel were not included. == A:  The number of readings for a wedding without mass is not specified (Order of Celebrating Matrimony #90). When there is a wedding within mass, #55 says there may be 3 readings, and in the case of a Catholic marrying a non-Christian, one or two readings may be used (#122). The silence at #90 …