Litany of Loretto

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Q: Is it appropriate to chant the Litany of Loretto during mass and if so, when and at what part of mass? Or is it used for private devotion  except at the shrine at Loretto and at certain churches in Rome? == A: In general, no, the Mass does not have a place for the Litany of Loretto, as beautiful as it is. The US Bishops included it in their book Catholic Household Blessings & Prayers, making it especially suitable for people to use at home. It could also be fittingly included in devotions to Our Lady at church.  I’m sure that there …

Pending annulment and initiation

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Q: Sorry to bother… but I am teaching a class and a question came up….  I know that we don’t celebrate the Rite of Election or Sacraments of Initiation with those whose annulments are pending….The question is: Why?  Is the primary reason that initiation is ordered to Eucharist, and since they can’t receive communion (or confirmation) they should also not be baptized? Or is the irregular union also an obex to baptism?  I can’t find a clear answer to that anywhere… Thanks! == A: There was an article in Canon Law Digest that took this up on July 11, 1983. You’ll find this …

Post-baptismal anointing

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Q: You never seem to slow down, even during a pandemic! I have a question – really it is coming from my pastor – about post-baptismal anointing. We know that chrism used when a child is baptized has a Christological focus – priest, prophet, king. Chrism used for Confirmation is Holy Spirit centered. So, when an adult is baptized, they are immediately confirmed. My pastor says that after the baptism (water), there should be the Chriostological anointing, and then move to the rite of Confirmation. This means a double anointing. He challenged me a year ago when we were walking …

Solemn Exposition

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Q: Thank you again for your guidance and liturgical advice.  You are a blessing! With regards to the term “Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist,” besides within the compilation of rubrics and texts published in the USCCB Order for the Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist, can you cite any other official Liturgical Books or documents that use the term “Solemn Exposition.”  Correspondingly, what do you think the term “Solemn” signifies…long periods of Exposition?  I ask because “Solemn Exposition” connects the period of exposition to Mass while Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside Mass does not seem to …

Mass intentions

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Q: Fr. Paul, recently, the secretary of a parish where they regularly list the Mass intentions for each Mass in the bulletin asked me if, for the Masses “for the people,” she could instead sometimes list them as, “for those who have no one to pray for them” or “for the intentions of our parishioners.” With regard to the first, I know that’s not correct; with regard to the second, my feeling is that the Mass is being said for the good of the people, not  so much their specific intentions, and so the Mass for the people should not …

Omitting the Gloria

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Q: I hope you’re doing well. I am sorry to bother you, but I thought you may know the answer to a question we received from an initiation minister. The question we received is “Why is the Glory to God is omitted in the Rite of Acceptance and what is the reason these introductory rites can vary?” The catechist understands that the rite replaces the normal introductory rites, but is searching for a reason of why this came to be. He noticed that in the new Order of Baptism the Glory to God is included. Is there a historical or …

Communion for concelebrants

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Q: We have a funeral for a priest this week and my question is whether we are required to offer the Cup to all priests, both concelebrants and those in attendance, and deacons? If so, is intinction acceptable? I would like to be prepared ahead of time! == A: Concelebrants are required to have communion under both kinds. Other priests and deacons are not. Intinction is not only acceptable, it is preferable in time of pandemic.The principal celebrant must DRINK from his chalice. In our diocese, we usually set aside one or more auxiliary chalices for the concelebrating priests. When …

Thurible swings

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Q: Thanks again for your wisdom. Please confirm the number of swings of the thurible before the monstrance at benediction, the bishop, priest, people and elevations during consecration at Mass. Blessings  == A: Here’s an earlier post: https://paulturner.org/swings-of-the-thurifer/ And another one: https://paulturner.org/benediction/ I’ll treat thurible swings in my forthcoming book Ars Celebrandi with Liturgical Press.

Children’s program at Christmas

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Q: Many parishes have some sort of children’s program at or even during one of the Christmas Eve masses – sometimes called the Christmas play/program etc.  It usually involves children acting out the Nativity account from the Gospel.  Are such things good practices?  How do they enhance the liturgy or do you think there might be better ways to do that? == A: The Directory for Masses with Children will give you some advice. A Christmas Eve Mass probably qualifies as a Mass with Adults in Which Children Also Participate (16-19), which does not give as much freedom as Masses …

Sacred music

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Q: I am a cantor at a local church. They regularly play military anthems on the PA before Mass and applaud them. This week they plan to play and sing patriotic songs during Mass. Is it ok for cantors to lead the congregation in this way during Mass? I pray for our troops, just not sure if this is right. == A: The playing of pre-recorded music is not approved, except for Masses with Children, as I point out in Let Us Pray. As I showed in a recent post, https://paulturner.org/music-at-a-funeral/, music at Mass should be “sacred music.” Having said that, some …