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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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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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How to Pray the Liturgy of Hours

How do we make the Liturgy of the Hours a vital part of our parish prayer live? A previous series of columns (in 2012) detailed the important aspects of each piece of the Liturgy of the Hours (LH), the Church’s public daily prayer. While it is important to know the structure, this series will dig […]

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Final Comments on Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass

The Catholic Church cherishes the relationship between the Eucharistic celebration and worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass. We reviewed Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Outside Mass (HCWEOM) in our column this year. One particular reason I developed this commentary was that I never did it before in the 20 years of writing […]

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