New Guidelines for the Celebration of Funerals

Liturgical guidelines for the celebration of funerals have been published by the Office of Liturgy. These guidelines are intended to serve as a pastoral aid to clergy and others who are involved in the planning and celebration of the funeral rites within the Archdiocese of New York. Topics covered include: ministry to families at a time of loss, times when the celebration of a funeral Liturgy Outside Mass is appropriate, cremation, words of remembrance, and memorial Masses. This document may be accessed and downloaded from the Liturgy Office website.

New Liturgical Books Announced

The USCCB’s Divine Worship Secretariat has announced that the third edition of the Misal Romano for use in the (arch)dioceses of the United States has received recognitio from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. This book has been long awaited by many pastors and others in the Archdiocese who serve Spanish-speaking congregations. The revised Misal is currently being reviewed for grammar and punctuation consistencies, and it is anticipated that publication and implementation dates will be announced in the forthcoming months. The Liturgy Office plans to sponsor a workshop on the revised Misal at the time of its publication.

As indicated in the December 2016 edition of the Liturgy Update, the Secretariat for Divine Worship has also recently given notice of the forthcoming publication of the L ectionary for M ass S upplement. The following editions of the Supplement will become available on April 1, 2017, and may be used as of this same date:

• Catholic Book Publishing Company Hardcover, 8 1⁄2” × 11”, $21.95

• Liturgical Press
Classic edition: hardcover, 8 1⁄2” × 11”, $39.95 Chapel edition: hardcover, 7” × 9”, $34.95

• Liturgy Training Publications Softcover, 9 3⁄4” × 12”, $29.95

All of the above editions may be ordered through ICS at a discounted price. Ordering information and additional details may be found on the ICS website.

RCIA Update: The Call to Continuing Conversion

The archdiocesan Catechetical Office has recently announced a change to the way in which the Rite of Ca!ing the Candidates to Continuing Conversion will be celebrated during the Lenten season. In previous years, parishes were invited to send their baptized RCIA candidates to one of several locations throughout the archdiocese for the celebration of the Rite of Ca!ing on the Second Sunday of Lent. Beginning this year, this Rite will now be celebrated in local parishes. This change in practice is the result of several months of study by the Catechetical Office, the archdiocesan RCIA Advisory Council, and the Office of Liturgy. In their work, these groups noted the following:

• The RCIA indicates that the Rite of Ca!ing the Candidates to Continuing Conversion is an optional rite.

• While the RCIA does give an option for sending the candidates to the bishop for the Rite of Ca!ing, it appears to envision the case wherein this Rite is combined with the Rite of Election, a practice that is not possible in the Archdiocese of New York due to space limitations within Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

• Celebrating an archdiocesan-sponsored Rite of Ca!ing on the Second Sunday of Lent:
– does not follow the RCIA’s directive that this Rite should be celebrated at the beginning of Lent (448);
– in many ways mirrors the archdiocesan Rite of Election, which may create confusion between the unique status of baptized candidates and that of candidates for baptism; and,
– was thought to reinforce the custom of receiving candidates for full reception at the Easter Vigil, a practice that is not recommended by the National Statutes for the Catechumenate (33-34).

In light of these observations, the following new directives for the celebration of the Rite of Calling have been approved by Cardinal Dolan:

• The celebration of the Rite of Ca!ing the Candidates to Continuing Conversion is an optional rite that is celebrated for baptized candidates (adults and teenagers [14+]), who have participated in their parish’s catechumenate (RCIA) process and are ready either to receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist or to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church (RCIA, 446).

• The parish celebration of the Rite of Ca!ing the Candidates to Continuing Conversion may take place on a convenient day at the beginning of Lent (RCIA, 448).

• This Rite is to be celebrated at the parish church of the candidate.

• This Rite may be celebrated either within a parish Mass or a Liturgy of the Word (RCIA, 457).

• The presiding celebrant for this Rite is the pastor or a parish priest delegated by the pastor (RCIA, 448).

In order to assist parishes in preparing for the celebration of this liturgy, the Catechetical Office and the Office of Liturgy have made an outline and the text of the Rite of Ca!ing available online in both English and Spanish.

Lastly, bearing in mind that candidates for continuing conversion look forward to joining with the Cardinal in prayer at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral on an annual basis, those adults who recently completed their sacraments of initiation or entered into full communion through their parish RCIA process are invited to join neophytes (the newly baptized) for the annual Neophyte Mass at the cathedral on Sunday, May 23, at 2:00pm.

Pastors or RCIA coordinators who have questions regarding the Rite of Ca!ing are encouraged to contact the Catechetical Office or the Office of Liturgy for further information.

December 30: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

The Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph is observed on a Friday this year.  In this case, only one pre-Gospel reading (from either Sirach or Colossians) is proclaimed at Mass.

The use of the newly revised and translated Order of Celebrating Matrimony also becomes mandatory on this day.  See the September 2016 issue of the Liturgy Update for additional information on this revised ritual book.

December 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe begins at midnight on Monday, December 12.  Devotional practices associated with this Feast, including the singing of the Mañanitas, could, however, take place in the evening of December 11, so long as the thematic focus of the Third Sunday of Advent (joy at the forthcoming celebration of the Lord’s Nativity) is maintained in these celebrations.

“Liturgies of Advent” Seminar at Saint Joseph’s Seminary – November 30

On Wednesday, November 30, from 7:00-8:30pm, Saint Joseph’s Seminary will host a presentation on the liturgies of the Advent season.  The talk will be given by Father Matthew Ernest, S.T.D., professor and director of liturgy at Saint Joseph’s Seminary and director of the archdiocesan Liturgy Office.  The presentation will discuss the history, themes, and liturgical rites of the Advent season.  This seminar is intended for anyone who wishes to learn more about the Church’s liturgical expression of this beautiful season of joyful expectation.  Registration may be found  at the Liturgy Office website.

New Guidelines for the Celebration of Marriage

Liturgical and musical guidelines for the celebration of marriage have been published by the Office of Liturgy.  These guidelines are intended to serve as a pastoral aid to clergy and others who are involved in the planning and celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage within the Archdiocese of New York.  The guidelines include a discussion of several new elements of the marriage rite found in the revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony.  This document may be accessed and downloaded at the Liturgy Office website.

Liturgical Q and A: Gloria at Nuptial Mass

0c2a86253730a9d020956fdf0c1c96b2 300x200 - Liturgical Q and A: Gloria at Nuptial MassSince the promulgation and subsequent implementation of the revised Order of Celebrating Matrimony, the Liturgy Office has received a number of questions regarding the use of the Gloria in ritual Masses.  As discussed in the September 2014 issue of Liturgy Update, both the Roman Missal and the Order of Celebrating Matrimony indicate that the Gloria is to be sung or said in ritual Masses for the celebration of marriage, including those that occur during Advent and Lent.

The inclusion of this ritual text in the marriage rite can admittedly present pastoral challenges, particularly when either the text of the Gloria or the musical setting that is selected is unknown to some members of the congregation.  In these cases, it may be helpful to include the full text and music of the Gloria in a program or worship aid.  Keeping in mind that other aspects of the marriage rite may also be unfamiliar to those gathered (such as the acclamation following the reception of consent), participation aids can be of great assistance in promoting the active participation of the congregation at multiple points throughout the wedding liturgy.

With regard to the musical setting to be chosen for this text, the various options given by the General Instruction of the Roman Missal [GIRM] for the proclamation of Gloria should be carefully considered in light of the pastoral circumstances of the wedding and the desire to foster the participation of those gathered:

[The Gloria] is intoned by the Priest or, if appropriate, by a cantor or by the choir; but it is sung either by everyone together, or by the people alternately with the choir, or by the choir alone.  If not sung, it is to be recited either by everybody together or by two choirs responding one to the other (53).

In an effort to encourage congregational singing of the Gloria, some parishes have found it helpful to use either a recto tono setting with a modulating accompaniment or a setting in which a simple musical theme is repeated throughout the singing of the hymn.  A refrain Gloria can also be used to promote participation, although the USCCB has noted that through-composed settings offer a clearer expression of the text as given in the Roman Missal (Sing to the Lord, 149).  Lastly, while the Gloria may be recited, efforts should be made to sing this text, bearing in mind the festive character of the occasion, the presence of musicians to accompany and lead the congregation, and the GIRM’s description of the Gloria as a “a most ancient and venerable hymn by which the Church, gathered in the Holy Spirit, glorifies and entreats God the Father and the Lamb” (53).

Liturgical Preparation Aid for the Seasons of Advent and Christmas

The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions [FDLC] has published a free resource for the seasons of Advent and Christmas.  This preparation aid includes:

  • The full text of a Rite of Reconciliation of Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution;
  • Music suggestions;
  • Sample penances;
  • The text of the Christmas Proclamation (to be sung before the Mass at Midnight); and,
  • The text of the Proclamation of the date of Easter (to be sung before the Mass on Epiphany).

This resource may be downloaded from the Liturgy Office website and distributed freely with the permission of the Confraternity for Christian Doctrine, the USCCB, and the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.

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