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."

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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.