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A Short Consideration of a Central Liturgical Principle

June 7, 2017 14 Comments
A Short Consideration of a Central Liturgical Principle

Some years ago, I was praying with a group of servers and other liturgical ministers just prior to going forth from the sacristy to celebrate a rather complex liturgy. I remember asking God in the prayer, “Please Lord, help us to serve you well, but above all, help us not forget to worship you.” For […]

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On the Power of Liturgy and Prayer

May 31, 2017 0 Comments
On the Power of Liturgy and Prayer

There is a text from the Acts of the Apostles (read last week at Mass) that sets forth quite well some of the qualities of the Sacred Liturgy. Although the “liturgy” cited in this passage is not a Mass, the description should apply to all our liturgies; from the Liturgy of the Hours to baptism, […]

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You Forgot! A Reflection on a Central Spiritual Struggle

May 30, 2017 6 Comments
You Forgot! A Reflection on a Central Spiritual Struggle

One of the more basic human problems in our relationship with God is that we forget. Over and over again in the Scriptures comes an almost exasperated accusation from God: “You forgot!” Consider just a few of hundreds of such texts: You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot the God who gave you […]

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When a Priest Should Not Sing – A Reflection on an Often-Forgotten Rubric

May 14, 2017 5 Comments
When a Priest Should Not Sing – A Reflection on an Often-Forgotten Rubric

I received a question last month in my Question and Answer Column at Our Sunday Visitor that I answered only briefly. I’d like to expand on it here. The new priest in our parish just stands there at the altar when we sing the acclamations such as the mystery of faith, the great Amen, Lamb […]

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The Key Question of Every Liturgy

May 4, 2017 9 Comments
The Key Question of Every Liturgy

There is a legend that explains how the liturgy and the faith took hold in Rus (Russia): Prince Vladimir of Kiev, seeking a right worship for his people, sent representatives to look into various faiths as well as liturgies. When emissaries went south to observe the Greek Christian Liturgy, they returned saying that they were […]

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Liturgy is About God! A Soulful Reminder from Cardinal Sarah

April 5, 2016 4 Comments
Liturgy is About God! A Soulful Reminder from Cardinal Sarah

Cardinal Sarah, in his book-length interview with Nicolas Diet, God or Nothing, has many good observations on the Sacred Liturgy. His remarks should cause all of us to think as well as to repent. His fundamental insights are that the Sacred Liturgy is about the adoration and worship of God, and that it is our […]

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Why the Acclamations at the “Mystery of Faith” Need Further Consideration

January 31, 2016 24 Comments
Why the Acclamations at the “Mystery of Faith” Need Further Consideration

There is a moment in the Eucharistic Prayer in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite at which the priest awkwardly summons the people to respond by using a sentence fragment: “The mystery of faith” (mysterium fidei). The 1970 translation from the Latin tried to complete the fragment by supplying some additional words: “Let us […]

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What Is Meant by the “Sacrifice of Praise” in Scripture?

January 4, 2016 7 Comments
What Is Meant by the “Sacrifice of Praise” in Scripture?

Please consider the following reflection more of a pastoral meditation than a formal exegesis. I do not seek here to compare every use of the phrase in the Scriptures but rather to ponder how we seem to have lost the connection of personal sacrifice to liturgy and worship. Scripture clearly connects them. Let’s look at […]

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