Q: I am interested in printing copies of your article from Catholic Practice 1997 entitled- The Death of the Last Rites. Would this be possible? A: Yes. The articles on my web site are there for the taking. There is no cost. Thanks for asking.
Q: In places where the Ascension is celebrated on a Thursday, the first reading on the Seventh Sunday of Easter is about the election of Matthias to replace Judas. In the New American Bible, Acts 1:23 gives the name of the other candidate as Joseph, but the Lectionary for Mass, which uses the same translation in the United States, says his name is Judas. Why is there a discrepancy? A: There are times when the vocabulary in the lectionary’s version of the NAB has been changed from the published bible, usually for some liturgical reason. For example, the Lord’s Prayer …
The following was added this week to www.paulturner.org: “My Sacrifice and Yours” – a workshop for National Association of Pastoral Musicians, Scranton Chapter, on May 11. A blog post about reverencing the altar. The homily for the Memorial Mass for Lucas Turner. The homilies for Ascension Sunday in both English and Español: http://paulturner.org/homilies-year-b-2015/ The scores for the Royals’ pre-game activities for the game on May 15: http://paulturner.org/pre-game-grades/
Q: At our parish, cantors and lectors bow to the altar on their way to the ambo, but not on their way back to their original places. It is felt that reverencing the altar twice is redundant. What would you say is correct? A: The Ceremonial of Bishops #72 says, “A deep bow is made to the altar by all who enter the sanctuary (chancel), leave it, or pass before the altar.” The way I read that, it would be preferable for the ministers to bow to the altar on entering and again on leaving the sanctuary.
The following was added this week to www.paulturner.org: The scores for the Royals’ pre-game activities for the game on April 30: http://paulturner.org/pre-game-grades/ The homilies for the Fifth Sunday of Easter in both English and Español – text and audio: http://paulturner.org/homilies-year-b-2015/ A workshop given for Deacon aspirants at Conception Abby: http://paulturner.org/workshops/
Q: A Catholic bride and Methodist Groom are seeking marriage. The priest has denied allowing them to be married within the Mass and has assigned a Deacon to perform the rite outside of Mass. They have requested a priest and a Mass, as both parties have large numbers of Catholics in their families. Is it permissible for the priest to deny them the celebration of a Mass and ask a Deacon to fill in instead? They feel that since they both aren’t Catholic, that the priest is “ducking out” of his responsibilities to witness a sacramental marriage. Any help is …
The following was added this week to www.paulturner.org: The scores and explanation for Royals’ pre-game activities for the game on April 20: http://paulturner.org/pre-game-grades/ The homilies for the Fourth Sunday of Easter in both English and Español – text and audio: http://paulturner.org/homilies-year-b-2015/ A workshop given for the Chicago Diocese Peace and Justice Office at Dominican University: http://paulturner.org/past-talks/
The following was added this week to www.paulturner.org: The scores and explanation for Royals’ pre-game activities: http://paulturner.org/pre-game-grades/ The homily for the Third Sunday of Easter: http://paulturner.org/homilies-year-b-2015/ A workshop given for Deacons: http://paulturner.org/past-talks/
Q: Is it a rule that women are banned from having their feet washed at the Holy Thursday service? And if so, since when? A: The Roman Missal says that males may have their feet washed. It has said the same thing ever since the missal was revised after the Second Vatican Council. Many parishes allow women to have their feet washed at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper out of a spirit of service. I treated this in more detail in two of my books: “In These or Similar Words” and “Glory in the Cross”.
Q: Do you know the history of the Emmaus story in the lectionary? Would it have been read during the dies in albis in the early church as it is now? A: We don’t have enough information about the use of the Emmaus story early on. It did not play a role in the preconciliar lectionary, from what I can see. And the early mystagogical catecheses (which predate the earliest “lectionary”) do not imply that the Emmaus story was proclaimed that week. But who knows? The story appears twice in today’s Easter lectionary – once as an option for the …