J. Michael McMahon is Celebration's music editor and former president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. Contact him at jmichael.mcmahon@gmail.com.

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Singing the communion song

Daily Easter Reflections: At a time when division and polarization have come to characterize civil society and even churches, the celebration of the Lord's Supper stands as a sign of unity: "Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread."


Music selection should emphasize the solemnity of these rites

Daily Lenten Reflections: The scrutinies are an integral part of the Lenten season, which originated as a season of baptismal preparation. By the fourth century, Lent developed as a formal period of intensive spiritual preparation that followed a lengthy time of catechetical formation.