Stations on Good Friday

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Q: Fraternal greetings from ‘down under.’ I received the blurb from Lit Press for your new book re Stations … congratulations. I look forward to seeing it – the sample page is neat. I wanted to ask your thought about Good Friday in my specific context which is now rural and where we have three churches – 30 mins drive between the northern and southern churches. The practice here has been to have Stations in the north on Good Friday morn round 1030, and then the official liturgy at 3pm in the main church. Few people travel south for the …

Blessing of throats – updated

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Q: The Book of Blessings 1635 implies that the blessing comes at the end of the universal prayer, just as it would if given individually. Correct? == A: You’re right. I see it now. Yes, the priest concludes the universal prayer offering the prayer for health through the intercession of St. Blase without holding candles. He extends his arms over the assembly. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Q: What are you recommending for blessing of throats and ashes this year of the pandemic? == A: I’m recommending that the priest recite the prayer seeking the intercession of St. Blase as part of the final …

Blessing of throats

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Q: What are you recommending for blessing of throats and ashes this year of the pandemic? == A: I’m recommending that the priest recite the prayer seeking the intercession of St. Blase as part of the final blessing of the Mass, just once, over the entire congregation. I’m recommending ashes dropped on top of each person’s head instead of smudged on the forehead. Both of those methods are permitted by the liturgical books.

Creed in the octave of Christmas

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Q: The app I’m using for Mass says that there’s a creed throughout the weekdays of the octave of Christmas. Is that correct? == A: No. The best place to look is the missal, where you’ll see a note to include the Gloria, but nothing about a creed. Sometimes apps are wr1ong. Sometimes the ordos are wrong. Golly, sometimes I’m wrong too. But the missal is pretty reliable.

Epiphany Proclamation

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Q: Please give me an explanation of the Epiphany Proclamation and according to your opinion, should we do that at Epiphany masses ? Thanks so much in advance. == A: The proclamation is an old tradition for aurally introducing the new liturgical year. It served even those who could not read and peoples without access to printed materials. It was especially important for people to know when Easter would be. It’s a lovely custom, even though it serves no real practical purpose today. It is not required, but it can still make a nice tradition. Those who wish to sing …

Funeral book

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Q: I am checking to see which book is now current for funerals.  I saw in our sacristy a red cover 2018 book for funerals that was used by another priest. However, I use the 1998 green book. My pastor stated we should likely use the red book, but I don’t recall seeing this requested change over to the red book. == A: Here’s a post from last year on my blog: https://paulturner.org/order-of-christian-funeral/ Since then, I’ve been using the 2018 book, and I do find it helpful. I recommend switching, but this has not been made mandatory.

National flags in church

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Q: As always, thank you  for direction. What is the position of Rome on the placement of national flags inside a Catholic church, and proximity to the sanctuary? Do the national Conference of Catholic Bishops (i.e. the USCCB) have a similar or different position! Thank you. == A: Here’s a pertinent page from the USCCB web site: https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/sacred-art-and-music/architecture-and-environment/display-of-flags-in-catholic-churches

Books in Australia

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Q: Advent Greetings, Paul. Which suppliers stock your books in Australia ? == A: Thanks for asking. I write for several different publishers, so you may have to check various sources. I see a few online with Central Catholic Bookshop. But I believe Garratt has the greatest number of them.

Liturgy documents

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 Q: I am an RCIA candidate and desire very much to enter into full communion with The Church. To that end, I am reading as much as I can to prepare myself, mentally and spiritually. I found your books of liturgy documents online, and have been able to order a print edition of Book One, but have only found Book Two in a format for digital readers. Is there a place that I might order a physical printing of Book Two? If so, I would greatly appreciate your direction. === A: I am a contributor to those books, but not the …

Non-Catholic confession

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Q: Could a person who is not Catholic come to confession and have his confession heard? == A: If he is baptized, believes in our sacrament of confession, and does not have access to the same opportunity in his own church, acts on his own initiative, and is properly disposed, yes, with permission of the bishop. Some bishops delegate this judgment to all their priests.