Matrimony readings

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Q: We were married civilly a year ago and are planning to have a church wedding this summer. Are we required to have three scripture readings? Or may we just have a gospel? (It’s a wedding without Mass.) == A: The Order of Celebrating Matrimony says that readings are proclaimed “in the usual manner” (90), which would imply two or three readings, but it does not require it. The rubric in the first edition did call for three readings (41). I treat this in my book Inseparable Love. You may just have a gospel, but it should be one that carries …

Ars Celebrandi questions

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Q: I have finally had a chance to begin reading Ars Celebrandi. I have a comment and a question (so far).  Pages 11 – 12:  In the discussion of solemnities, you mention the Ascension as having its own Vigil Mass although it does not have different readings for the vigil and for the day.  It seems like the Epiphany would fall into that same category; it has a vigil Mass but identical readings for both the vigil and day. (I just happened to be doing something related to the Epiphany this week and happened to notice it had a vigil – …

Reception of communion with gloves

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Q: Fr Paul, once again thank you for your wisdom and wise counsel on many Liturgical matters.  This blog is a great help to people like me who have not had the opportunity to formally study Liturgy  but have done my best here in Australia to read and attend many Liturgical Workshops.  My question is regarding the reception of Communion with  gloves on and the way some people receive Communion.  This pandemic has brought out the variance in the people who attend Eucharist.  There has been a noticeable increase in the number of people who are receiving Communion with gloves …

Blessing a bell

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Q: I have been asked to bless a bell by a parishioner. It’s not a church bell, just a regular dinner bell, and they prefer it to be done in Latin from the Rituale Romanum. As I was looking through my Rituale Romanum and at this specific blessing, it states I need delegation from an Ordinary. Given the changes with Vatican II, etc., do I still need to seek this permission? == A: As far as I can tell, you may bless the bell as they request without special permission. The Rituale Romanum, Titulus IX, Caput IX, includes at 12 …

First Communion on Divine Mercy

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Q: Is there any reason we could NOT have First Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday? What are your thoughts – thanks.== A: No reason at all. First Communion is more a pious devotion than a liturgical day, so anyone may make a first communion on any day, preferably at a Mass.

Re-purposing

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Q: I am now involved in helping facilitate the final liturgy at one of our local parishes. In this case, the parish has already been “dissolved,”  (not the technical term, I know!) re-named and become part of a larger cluster. This liturgy will be the final parish Mass at that particular site. The church building itself however will continue in use as the chapel for the area Catholic schools.  So my questions are: 1) The final parish Mass at that site will be on Sept 12  (24 OT) at 1pm (not normal Mass time).  I am assuming for most folks …

Christmas vigil readings

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Q: I looked at your posting on this question ( https://paulturner.org/readings-for-christmas/ ) but am still confused. The Lectionary doesn’t say that the Vigil readings “may” be used, but that they are used on the evening of the 24th.It then adds that those readings (“the texts that follow”) may be used on Christmas Day – and that on Christmas Day one may also choose among the 3 sets of readings. Thus, as I have read it, at the Vigil only the Vigil readings may be used but on Christmas Day (3 Masses) any of the 4 sets of readings may be used (vigil or 3 christmas day …

Gloria

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Q: I’m sure that the Gloria has been forbidden as an entrance hymn, but can’t remember where. == A: I don’t know of something explicitly forbidding the use of the Gloria as an entrance hymn, but that is what is implied by its position in the Order of Mass. When the revisions of the Order of Mass were underway in the late 1960s, the Consilium’s study group considered moving the Gloria to a position after the collect or even after the prayer after communion. I mention this in my book At the Supper of the Lamb. By leaving it in place just before the …

Roman Calendar

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Q: The General Roman Calendar in front of the missal lists all the days and months of the year and identifies which ones are assigned to a saint or other observance. The far right column gives the ranking, such as solemnity, feast and memorial. The far left column makes no sense to me. It has a bunch of Roman numerals and then words like “Cal.”, “Eve”, “Nones” and “Ides” in red ink. What does the left column mean? == A: That’s how the old Roman empire designated the days of each month. The Roman rite still honors the tradition, but …

Children’s Liturgy of the Word

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Q: I pray that you are well. I need your help. We want to start the liturgy of the word for children. Can you refer me to some good resources?  I appreciate any help. == A: Here are a couple of products that I helped with:  https://www.ltp.org/products/details/LCLW/how-to-lead-childrens-liturgy-of-the-wordhttps://www.ltp.org/products/details/CLW20/childrens-liturgy-of-the-word-2019-202