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Christ and the cross are inseparable

By Fr. Roy Cimagala TO profess a Christianity with Christ but without the cross is unthinkable. Christ and the cross are inseparable. And that’s simply because it is through the cross that our redemption, our second creation was achieved and continues to be achieved. We have to be ready for this truth of our faith, […]

Lent and its implications

By Fr. Roy Cimagala   WE are once again in the season of Lent. It’s a period of preparation for the greatest event in the history of mankind—the passion, death and resurrection of Christ—which we will celebrate within the Holy Week, from the evening of Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. It’s a period meant to […]

Stripping the Altars on Holy Thursday

By Fr. Edward McNamara Q: Is the stripping of the altar following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday limited only to those altars upon which the Mass was celebrated? Do altars in churches and chapels (e.g., chapels in rectories, convents, hospitals, etc.) where the Holy Thursday Mass was not celebrated have to […]

Color of the Veil for the Cross

By Fr. Edward McNamara Q: In the new Roman Missal the color for covering the cross is violet; however, the color is red for the vestments. I have noticed that different churches do red and some violet; even the Vatican used red, which is the proper color for veiling the cross on Good Friday. — […]

Picking the day Lent begins

 Picking the day Lent begins By Fr. Edward McNamara Q: What determines what day Lent begins? P.R., Fresno, California A: The short answer to your question is that the beginning of Lent depends on the date of Easter. Easter follows a lunar, rather than a solar, calendar and is celebrated on the Sunday that follows […]

“Way of the Cross” within the Mass

“Way of the Cross” within the Mass By Fr. Edward McNamara   Q: My parish usually has a Way of the Cross followed by the Mass during Fridays of Lent. I saw a priest integrate the Way of the Cross with the Mass. The Liturgy of the Word was replaced with the Way of the […]

Covering Crosses and Images in Lent

Covering Crosses and Images in Lent   By Fr. Edward McNamara Q: Why are crosses and images covered during the last weeks of Lent? — D.K., Oakland, California A: First of all, I would first like to recommend Monsignor Peter Elliott’s excellent guide “Celebrations of the Liturgical Year” published by Ignatius Press in 2002. It […]

Commemorating Saints in Lent

 Commemorating Saints in Lent By Fr. Edward McNamara   Q: Several questions have arisen at a seminary regarding the proper way to commemorate the saints during privileged seasons, such as Lent. I was wondering if you could lay out the proper or at least suggested ways in which this can be done for the Liturgy […]

Lay preaching on Good Friday

Lay preaching on Good Friday By Fr. Edward McNamara   Q: Could a layperson, with the diocesan bishop’s permission, licitly preach after the Gospel at the Good Friday liturgy, since it is not a Mass? — C.F., Oakland, California A: Laypeople may preach on certain occasions. The 2004 instruction “Redemptionis Sacramentum,” in No. 161, states: […]