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No Weeks Missing

No Weeks Missing

This year has 53 Sundays. The three-year Sunday lectionary system (after Vatican II) is organised for 53 weeks – as this year has. If there are only 52 weeks, then one week is dropped out. We stop counting the weeks when Lent begins (Ash Wednesday) and start counting again when Easter ends (The Day of… Continue Reading

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Resources for Pentecost

Resources for Pentecost

Let us pray (in silence) [that we rejoice in the Spirit guiding our lives] pause O God, on this day you taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of your Holy Spirit, may we, by the same Spirit, be truly wise and ever rejoice in your consolation; through Jesus Christ who is alive… Continue Reading

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Resources for Easter Seven

Resources for Easter Seven

Let us pray (in silence) [that the God who entices us may also enable us to be transformed] pause Almighty and everliving God, conform our wills freely to yours, and direct our hearts to share your glory by our undivided service; through Jesus Christ who is alive with you, in the unity of the Holy… Continue Reading

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Resources for Easter Six

Resources for Easter Six

Let us pray (in silence) [that we grow into Christ’s new life] pause O God, from whom all good things come, grant that, by your inspiration, we may discern what is right, and by your merciful guiding may do it; through Jesus Christ who is alive with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,… Continue Reading

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Resources for Easter Five

Resources for Easter Five

For at least 12 centuries, the Western church used the following collect on this coming Sunday: Let us pray (in silence) [that God will make us one in mind and heart] pause O God, you inspire the hearts of the faithful with a single longing, grant your people to love what you command and to… Continue Reading

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Three Popes and a Patriarch

Three Popes and a Patriarch

The image above, of three popes and a patriarch (no it’s not the beginning of a joke), may be unique in Christian history. The Copts have been separate from majority Christianity since the Council of Chalcedon in A.D. 451, the fourth ecumenical council. Pope Francis (for the Roman Catholic Church) and Pope Tawadros II (for… Continue Reading

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Exsultet

Exsultet

The Exsultet (Exultet) can be a good source of reflection during the Easter Season. The Exsultet originates from some time between the fifth and seventh centuries and is the traditional Western Rite hymn of praise intoned by the deacon during the Easter Vigil after the procession with the Paschal Candle. Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of… Continue Reading

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