Collect for Ash Wednesday

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Q: Please tell us about the Collect for Ash Wednesday. Is it from an ancient source, or is it a more recent composition? Has it always been associated with Lent, or did it originally have a different purpose? In choosing it for Ash Wednesday, was there any discussion of using it to develop a deeper understanding of lenten pastoral practice and worship? == A: The earliest evidence we have for that prayer is in the seventh-century Verona Sacramentary, so it was probably composed at least by the sixth century—one of the oldest prayers in the missal. There it appears in …

Alleluia

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Q: For the solemnities of St Joseph and the Annunciation that occur on 19 and 25 March respectively during Lent this year, can the “alleluia” acclamation be used since the singing of the Gloria is allowed for these two Masses? The same question also arises on 22 February, the Feast of the Chair of St Peter whereby Gloria is indicated.  Gratitude and thanks for all that you do. == A: Here’s a previous post: https://paulturner.org/alleluia-in-lent/

Post Consecrationem

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Q: When was the Post Consecrationem used? I was in grade school pre-Vatican II but don’t recall hearing or singing this. A pastor here is using a Latin Mass setting for Lent. Sadly, most parishioners never took Latin ( I had 3 years in high school) and are lost.  Thank you for all of your helpful direction. I love your sense of humor and pastoral responses. == A: Thanks for your comment on my blog. In the past the priest recited the canon of the Mass in Latin in a low voice, inaudible to the faithful and the choir. It …

Incense on Ash Wednesday

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Q: Is it appropriate to use incense on Ash Wednesday? == A: Totally up to you. Incense may be used on any day. Most people like to use it to indicate a day of special solemnity, but even that is not required. I realize that some people could confuse the symbol of ashes on the forehead and ashes in the censer, but that need not fit into the decision. If you feel in your community that incense would add or detract from the penitential feel of the day, you could make an argument for or against its usage based on …

Mantilla

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Q: As you well know, the use of the Mantilla (chapel veil) is becoming increasingly popular. Could you help me by providing as reasonable explanation as to why wearing one is not necessary? I have been getting questions.  You always have a great way of explaining these things.  == A: The General Instruction of the Roman Missal calls for vesture for priests, deacons and other ministers (119), as well as concelebrants (209). A wider treatment of sacred vestments is given in 335-347. It places no expectations on the garb worn by the faithful who participate at Mass. You can imagine …

Ash Wednesday Readings

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Q:  A pastor has passed along a question from some astute readers in his parish. They noticed that Ash Wednesday, even though it is not a solemnity, has two readings (in addition to the psalm and gospel). I’ve looked in your Words Without Alloy, and found it interesting that the pre-conciliar lectionary had 1 reading (today’s 1st reading +v19), and it looked as if that would be the case in the revised lectionary—until, at the last minute, the 2 Cor reading was added. Our parish readers are curious: do you know what prompted the addition, especially late in the process? …

Good Friday Veneration

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Q: I love your blog.  I have a question about Good Friday. On Good Friday, at several parishes I have been at, there is a custom that people are given a nail at the beginning of the liturgy.  When they come forward to venerate the Cross, they place a nail in a metal bucket that makes a clinking sound.  What are your thoughts on this?  Is it permissible or a good practice?  I don’t see it in the Good Friday liturgy rubrics. == A: Thanks for your comment on my blog. I’m not familiar with this custom. And I’m not …

Posture for Good Friday

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Q: I appreciate so much your kind and learned replies to the vast array of liturgical questions.  I recently purchased your book, Glory in the Cross, which is helping me to navigate some Holy Week concerns. I’m writing a brief bulletin writeup on posture and gesture for Good Friday.  One question whose answer I’m unsure about is what posture should the faithful assume during the start of the Adoration of the Cross.  It seems to me that the faithful rise after they kneel briefly after the final, “Come, let us adore.”  Then the next change in posture I can see …

Order of Crowning

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The Ceremonial of Bishops 1034 notes that it is proper to crown images of the Blessed Virgin Mary which are of great renown and to which the faithful come with confidence.  Some questions: 1) Does the Ceremonial refer to a permanent crowning? 2) Is it necessary to request approval from the Holy See prior to permanently crown an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary? 3) What is the relationship of this directive (and others in the CB) with the many celebrations in schools, repeated year after year? Does the Ceremonial of Bishops inform these celebrations in any way? == A: …

Rebaptism

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Q: I have been researching the topic of ‘re-baptizing’ because an RCIA Candidate, although validly baptized, really wants to be baptized in the Catholic Church.  I have explained the concept of one baptism, as well as used the Catechism and Canon Law.  But I found a Q/A on a website that says it would be a sin.   Can you please speak to this?  Thank you for all you do!  Have a God-filled day. == A: I’m not in a position to judge the sinfulness of the case, but you may try explaining that the Catholic Church universally does not …