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Roman Missal 3 at 10

We have now completed the tenth year of using the third edition of the Roman Missal (RM3). While it may not be a priority for many Church leaders or others to review it with an evaluative process and make revisions, I would like to suggest otherwise. The text of RM3 suffered many battles through a […]

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What Have We Learned from the “COVID Mass?”

A new mantra has developed for all of us: “What a year!” It’s been over a year since we returned to public worship in person after the initial closures. I write this column as Lent begins (February 2021) and am conscious that many of the current practices taken on to protect one another are perhaps […]

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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children – Final Thoughts

For a year, this column has given a pastoral commentary on the second edition of the Order of Baptism of Children [OBC]. The new “order” became mandatory Easter of 2020, but due to COVID, many leaders have not seen or used the new rite. Some may not even be familiar with it. Regular Emmanuel readers […]

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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children – Part 6

We have been sharing pastoral commentary on the second edition of the Order of Baptism of Children [OBC] these past months. The new “order” became mandatory last Easter, but due to COVID, many leaders have not seen or used the new rite. Regular Emmanuel readers may be familiar with our website (emmanuelpublishing.org) where this author […]

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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children – Part 5

We continue our pastoral commentary on the second edition of the Order of Baptism of Children [OBC], implemented last year. We are now in Chapter VI of our review. We pick up from Chapter V which is the “order” used for when a child is in danger of death. Chapter VI is the follow up […]

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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children – Part 4

We continue our pastoral commentary on the second edition of the Order of Baptism of Children (OBC), implemented last year on the Feast of the Presentation of the LORD (February 2). We are now in Chapter IV of our review, which addresses a catechist presiding at the liturgy because there is no priest or deacon […]

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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children – Part 3

We continue our pastoral commentary on the second edition of the Order of Baptism of Children [OBC]. We return to the ritual at the Liturgy of the Word. Interestingly, paragraph 44 mentions all are seated for the “Biblical Readings and Homily,” even though the readings given in OBC 44 are all gospels. These are the […]

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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children – Part 2

We continue our review of the second edition of the Order of Baptism of Children [OBC] and the general introduction of the order. Regularly, liturgists are wonderful about reading choices for solemnities, saints, and sacraments included in Eucharist. Paragraph 29 of the general introduction discusses the use of the particular Sunday Mass readings and an […]

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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children

On February 2, 2020 the revised Order of Baptism of Children, Second Edition (OBC) began and was fully implemented on Easter Sunday, April 12. Unfortunately, no preview copies were available before we received the ritual texts in late January. For the rest of the year this column will share some insights about the updated text […]

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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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