Category Archives: Liturgy

Lectionary Reflection: Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord, Year A, B and C

“Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead.” Jn 20:9 Is it Easter already? It … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection: Easter Vigil of the Resurrection of the Lord, Year A

The Paschal Candle shines in all its glory in the darkened Church during the Easter Vigil Liturgy. The flame in the darkened building signifies Jesus Christ, the Light of the World who shines forth in a world covered by the … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection: Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, Year A, B and C

Lectionary Readings: Is 52:13-53:12 / Ps 31 / Heb 4:14-16; 5:7-9 / Jn 18:1-19:42 The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion begins not with an Entrance Hymn, but rather with the celebrant prostrating on the ground and the congregation kneeling in … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection: Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Year A, B and C

Lectionary Readings: Ex 12:1-8, 11-14 / Ps 116 / 1Cor 11:23-26 / Jn 13:1-15 While the secular world sees Valentine’s Day on February 14 as a day of love, I consider Holy Thursday the Catholic Church’s day of love.  “…He … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, Year A

Lectionary Reflection: Mt 21:1-11 (Procession) / Is 50:4-7 / Ps 22 / Phil 2:6-11 / Mt 26:14—27 The Liturgy of Palm Sunday begins my most favourite time of the Liturgical Year – Holy Week. The whole Church begins Holy Week … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the Pope’s Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi in the midst of COVID-19 Pandemic

While the Pope gives an Urbi et Orbi blessing twice a year, this one was widely shared, partially because unlike the ordinary ones, it was given during a time that was convenient for most people (at least Canadians). Or, some … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection: Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A

Lectionary Readings: Ez 37:12-14 / Ps 130 / Rom 8:8-11 / Jn 1:.3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45 With the Fifth Sunday of Lent, we walk into one of the more critical points of Lent before entering Holy Week. Prior to the … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection: Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A

Lectionary Readings: 1Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a / Ps 23 / Eph 5:8-14 / Jn 9:1-41 The way human beings sees things is not the same way God would see things. I think this is the overall theme of this Sunday’s … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection: Third Sunday of Lent Year A

Lectionary Readings: Ex 17:3-7 / Ps 95 / Rom 5:1-2,5-8 / Jn 4:5-42 In a couple of weeks, for a course called “Earth, Portrait of a Planet”, (either in-person or virtually… pending announcement from UofT,) I will be presenting to … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection: Second Sunday of Lent, Year A

Lectionary Readings: Gen 12:1-4A / Ps 33 / 2Tim 1:8b-10 / Mt 17:1-9 A year ago, after seeking a “traveller’s blessing” from our pastor prior to Ash Wednesday Mass, in less than 24-hours, I was on a flight to Europe … Continue reading

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