Praying the Stations of the Cross has always been one of my favorite devotionals. I can’t quite put my finger on why that is; but it seems liek it’s always been the case. Leading them with a congregation has made them even more meaningful, but (once again) this lousy pandemic has tried to ruin that, too. On the other hand, praying them alone in the church last year, while feeling like you’re surrounded and under assault by some insidious, invisible enemy, was a source of great consolation.
The situation has improved a little bit last year, and we’re able to go back to having Stations in the churches and with other people. That doesn’t mean everyone can, however. So if you’re looking for a way to pray the Stations at home, here’s this video. I made this one all the way at the beginning of the pandemic and knew even less about video editing than I do now (which still isn’t much), so if you find it low-quality, forgive me. My hope is at least you find it spiritually efficacious.
EDIT: The video is supposed to end at the 20:01 mark, but it goes on for another 16 minutes. So don’t be alarmed at the length of the video; rather, be alarmed at my lack of editing abilities. (The audio looped, and I thought I had fixed it, but apparently not. No wonder it took so long to upload…)
We continue our tour of the churches of St. Thomas the Apostle parish by heading into Duquesne and visiting St. Joseph church…
I was asked to post this one after my 8:30 Mass this morning…didn’t get around to recording it until almost 6:00 tonight. So it’s probably not very close to what I said this morning, but it’s at least in the neighborhood. I was going to try to do this as a video, but it takes long enough to upload to YouTube that it didn’t seem too practical. It is what it is. Anyway, today’s readings can be found here, and the audio is below. Enjoy.
Remember back when I created a YouTube channel and promised you lots of exciting content?
…remember how I never promised when said exciting content would be delivered?
Well, here’s some of it now. Since I have a bunch of churches, and the pandemic makes it more difficult for you to get to them, allow me to try and bring them to you. This is Episode 1 of Church Tours.
I considered not posting this, but figured I might as well, since it’s already out there. I didn’t particularly like this homily. I know, I say that about almost every homily I give, but it is what it is. It went pretty well the night before, I thought, but for whatever reason, I felt very uncomfortable while I was preaching on Sunday. Don’t know why. But we all survived, and as far as I know, no one walked out. Next week will hopefully be better.
For those that didn’t catch it live, here’s today’s Mass. The Gospel begins at the 19:46 mark; the homily at the 21:40 mark. The poem that I try to make use of is t.s. eliot’s The Journey of the Magi, and the recording of him reading (reciting?) that particular piece is below the Mass.
As usual, I apologize for the lack of posts recently, but Advent/Christmas is one of our busier seasons, pandemic or no. I do have some content planned for the year ahead, as long as my schedule permits. (More accurately, as long as I manage my time appropriately and exercise some self-discipline.)
I had the 11 AM Mass this morning for today’s Solemnity, so I thought I’d share that here. I know there’s probably a way I could download the entire video and chop it so it’s just the homily, but I haven’t learned how to do that yet, so I’ll just share the whole thing with you.
Oh, and a programming alert: I have the 11 this Sunday as well, which is also on the livestream.