Kevin Irwin’s Pope Francis and the Liturgy

April 20, 2020 Patrick Riley, our Emmanuel book review editor, gave me two books to read and review this Lent, both highlighting the importance Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’. I am still working my way through Full of Your Glory: Liturgy, Cosmos, Creation edited by Teresa Berger with papers from the 5th Yale ISM Liturgy […]


May 1, 2020

Saint Joseph, the Worker When I read Acts and how Saul was “a chosen instrument” by God and that his eyes had “scales on them” that fell off, I could not help but think of a musical meaning to these verses. Musicians always look for that grand instrument to be their “chosen one” to make […]


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How to Pray the Liturgy of the Hours – Part 3

The Liturgy of the Hours can seem daunting at times. In the last column I offered answers to common questions about the Liturgy of the Hours (LH). In this column I share some questions from LH prayer leaders whom I have trained. I’ve included some quotes from the General Instructions of the Liturgy of the […]

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April 3, 2020

Ever play dodgeball? Dodge some stones lately? Doing God’s work can be quite satisfying and joyful. It’s also about dodging evil stones that come flying our way. Sadly, we recall that many still are persecuted for the faith and for doing God’s will across the globe. And, with the reminders in today’s scriptures of Jeremiah […]



March 6, 2020

We are now in the heart of our Lenten mission to renew our lives. With the prophet Ezekiel today, we are called to live a more virtuous life and to turn from those things that lead us into temptation and sin. This Friday’s reading hearkens to the words of Ash Wednesday: “Turn away from sin […]


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How to Pray the Liturgy of the Hours — Part 2

In the last column we gave a quick overview of how to initiate the regular celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours (LH) in your parish. Some people use the daily “app” on an electronic device (tablet or phone) to pray the LH. Many parishes offer books or a hymnal/music resource that have the LH […]

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February 7, 2020

These past two days, we have reflected on Saint Eymard’s baptism and the martyrs of Japan. Saint Eymard reminds us of his belief that the Eucharist sets us on fire to serve and to do God’s mission in the world. This mission becomes ours and unites us with the mission of previous prophets and saints […]


January 1, 2020

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God Last Day of the Christmas Octave Welcome to this new blog that is part of Emmanuel magazine! I am honored that our new editor, John Christman, SSS, requested that I share news, reflections and info that is timely on pastoral liturgy and worship. Before […]


January 3, 2020

Optional Memorial of The Most Holy Name of Jesus Christ For many of our parishes, we have Holy Name Societies, and this is a solemnity for this religious organization in the Roman Catholic Church. Saint Bernadine of Siena promoted devotion to the Holy Name of Jesus. To do so, he used the Greek abbreviation of […]